Sabbath: The Creation Gift

Daniel Denk

READ : Genesis 2:2-3 So on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (v. 2 NIV) As human beings we need work and we need rest. Both are central to our humanity. Work and rest are creation gifts from God to provide for our joy and satisfaction in life. Jewish Bible scholar Abraham Heschel agrees when he turns conventional wisdom on its head and says, “The greatest hope for the progress of mankind is the Sabbath.” God worked, …

Is Work a Curse?

Daniel Denk

READ : Genesis 3:17-19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food. (v. 19 NIV) Work is a gift of God in creation. But the fall introduced frustration into our work. We must be careful to note that the curse God pronounces in Genesis 3 is not on the man but upon the ground. As with everything else, work also has been affected by sin. Yet work does not cease, although now it can involve toil, boredom, …

Made in God's Image

Daniel Denk

READ : Genesis 1:27-31 So God created man in his image. (v. 27 NIV) Theologians have long debated what it means that men and women are made in the image of God. Surely it includes such things as our moral nature, our self-consciousness, our personality, our intellect, and our will. However, when we look carefully at the context we discover some clues of what God means by making us in his image and likeness. It is found in the first …