The Sabbath rest on the eighth day is the completion of all creation
It is written about the Sabbath also in the Ten Words which God uttered
to Moses face to face on Mount Sinai, «Treat the Sabbath of the Lord as
holy with clean hands and a pure heart." And in another place he says,
"If my sons keep the Sabbath, I will let my mercy rest upon them" (cf Ex
20,8; Ps 24,4) He mentions the Sabbath at the beginning of the
creation: «And in six days God made the works of his hands, and ended on
the seventh day, and he rested on it and made it holy" (Gn 2,2-3).
Observe, children, what "he ended in six days" means. This is what it
means, that... the Lord will bring all things to an end;... all things
will be brought to an end. "And he rested the seventh day" means this:
when his Son comes and destroys the time of the lawless one, and judges
the ungodly and changes the sun and moon and stars, then he will rest
gloriously on the seventh day.
Further he says, "You shall treat it as holy, with clean hands and a pure heart." If, then, anyone can now, by being pure in heart, treat as holy the day God declared holy, we are entirely deceived. Observe that we will
find true rest and treat it as holy only when we shall be able to do so having ourselves been made upright and had the promise fulfilled, when there is no more disobedience, but all things have been made new by the Lord. Then we shall be able to treat it as holy, after we have first been made holy ourselves.
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