Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath (Exodus 31:16).
After the sixth day of Creation, the Bible says that God ended His work which He had done, and He rested (Genesis 2:2). God didn’t take a break on the seventh day because He was worn out. He rested because the work of Creation was over. It was finished.
God commanded the Jews to set aside the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as a day of rest for them. It was to serve as a reminder to the nation that God had done and provided everything necessary for life. Their weekly Sabbath was to be an illustration of faith in God as Provider.
As supernatural darkness descended upon Jerusalem, it wasn’t without meaning when Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). In doing so, He declared that the work of salvation was accomplished. He had done everything needed to bring sinful men into fellowship with God the Father. Men need only trust in what He had done and find rest in Him and His work of redemption.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His (Hebrews 4:9-10).
++ This is part 2 of a Monday series: Jesus in every book of the Bible.