The True Meaning of the 7 Days of Creation: Spiritual Rebirth
The 7th Day: Genesis 2:1-3
1. And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the army of them.
2. And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
3. And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it, because that in it He rested from all His work which God in making created.
Details from Emanuel Swedenborg: Verses 2:1-3,
from Thomas King,
from Theodore Pitcairn
from Lee Woofenden:
What is like when we are acting and serving and loving one another because we love? There's no conflict in us anymore. We don't have to say, "I'd really like to do that, but I'm going to do this anyway because that's what God says." Now everything flows from within. We do what we do because we love one another, we love our work, we love God, and we're completely at peace inside of ourselves. When it says "rest" in the Bible, it doesn't mean we're not doing anything; it means we have no conflict within us about the things that we're doing. That we do everything because we love to and we know how to. We can be very busy outwardly, doing all sorts of things, and yet be at perfect peace inside of ourselves, because this is the life that we love.
And that is what the Lord holds out to us as true human life. When all of our conflict on this earth is done; when we've gone through our struggles, when we've--with the Lord's help--reformed ourselves and grown ourselves into people who do good because we love to, then we have the peace and the rest of the seventh day.
This, of course, is the state that the angels live in. They do good for one another. They live useful, busy, happy lives because they all love one another, and they don't have to fight about it anymore. They can simply do what they love to do.
This is the promise that God gives to each one of us if we are willing to go through the struggles of the other days. And it's a promise that we can feel little bits of here on earth, at the times when our life is just flowing along. We all get these foretastes of heaven at the times when things are working out for us and we're enjoying what we're doing. This is the state that angels are in all the time.
And this is the promise that God gives us: if we go through all of these seven days of creation, we will be people who love one another, who enjoy living in a good way, who understand what we need to know in order to serve other people and serve God in the way that we love best, and that fits our talents the most. This is the promise that God gives us. And it's the promise of these seven days of creation.
from Lee Woofenden