Part 1 - Creation: The Foundation of the Gospel
Overview: The Creation of Israel
The work of creating and establishing the nation of Israel was God's. Israel's part was to trust and rest in their Creator. To make this clear to His people, God used the creation of the world, God's subsequent rest, and the establishment of the Sabbath day as a model. The Sabbath day is a sign to Israel that Yahweh is the One who sanctifies them. Israel was set apart to God as His special people by God's redeeming work. This sign is codified in the fourth of the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath day sign of sanctification points beyond Israel's rest in God's sanctifying work to a rest available today.