Giving of Life
The Lord God created everything in six days and rested on the seventh day, but he did not impart life, by the giving of the Holy Ghost, until the eighth day of creation. (Genesis 2:4-7) How do we know this? By the scriptures.
The eighth day is the day that the Lord God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.
The scriptures are clear that each day of creation is a thousand years. (II Peter 3:8 and Psalms 90:4) If the breath of life was given to Adam on the sixth day he would have lived well over one thousand years. The Bible teaches that Adam lived nine hundred thirty years. (Genesis 5:5)
The eighth day is significant in the Bible. God made a covenant with Abram when Abram was ninety-nine years old. God blessed Abram and changed Abram’s name to Abraham, a father of many nations, and made an everlasting covenant with him. Abraham’s part of the covenant was to circumcise every male child born in his house on the eighth day.
Circumcision represents the beginning of a new life and is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. (Genesis 17:1-27)
The eighth day is the beginning of a new week. A day when life is imparted. Jesus was resurrected on the first day of the week. (John 20:1-17, Mark 16:1-13, Matthew 28:1-10) It was the first day of the week when Jesus breathed on his disciples and said, “receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:19-23)
The sacrifices under the Old Testament show the importance of the eighth day by stating that a sacrificial lamb must be eight days or more before it could be accepted as an offering to the Lord. (Leviticus 22:27) Thus God is revealing that without the eighth day, or resurrection, the sacrifice is meaningless. (Romans 10:9)
It is amazing that the whole creation points toward the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Just as the creation was finished on the sixth day – so also Jesus stated, “It is finished.” while he hung on the cross on the sixth day of the week.
Just as the seventh day of creation is a day of rest – so also Christ’s body rested in the grave on the seventh day.
Just as the breath of life was given to man on the eighth day – so also Christ rose from the dead on the eighth day, (or first day of the week).
Although the creation is an actual event, God in his great wisdom uses the creation to reveal himself through Jesus Christ. From the revealing of his triune nature on the first day through the giving of life by the Lord breathing in man’s nostrils on the eighth day everything God created reveals himself through Jesus Christ. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3)
Christ and his redemptive work are the message of the Bible from beginning to end.
Copyright 2010 J-me