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God Rested?

July 11, 2019
By Martin Luther

And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested.

GENESIS 2:2

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God Rested?

[This passage] does not denote that God gave up preserving and governing the heaven and the earth which had already been created. . .. God rested from His work, that is, He was satisfied with the heaven and earth which had then been created by the Word; He did not create a new heaven, a new earth, new stars, new trees. And yet God works till now—if indeed He has not abandoned the world which was once established but governs and preserves it through the effectiveness of His Word. He has, therefore, ceased to establish; but He has not ceased to govern. . .. Until today there abides the Word which was pronounced over the human race: "Grow and multiply"; there abides the Word: "Let the sea bring forth fish and birds of the heaven." Almighty, therefore, is the power and effectiveness of the Word which thus preserves and governs the entire creation.