What if God *took the day off*?

What if God “took the day off”?
"for in Him we live and move and have our
being, as also some of your own poets
have said, 'For we are also His offspring.‘
Acts 17:28
What if God “took the day off”?
1. I can remember when we were boys and our parents
would take on vacation to the south from up north and
that we never went anywhere without communion items
in case we did not find a place to worship. When we
asked dad why we did this on vacation, he would say “we
are the ones on vacation not God, and just because we
took some time off from the farm that did not mean that
God took time off from caring for us and therefore He
still deserved our worship of Him.”
2. God doesn’t take time off for vacation or days
off, just think where that would leave us all, but
what if He did?
What if God “took the day off”?
A good Christian friend posted on Face Book these
questions to the Sermon Title Question –
Would the world continue to exist if God took the
day off?
2. Would mankind have the hope of salvation through
the blood of Christ Jesus if God took the day off.
3. My answer to both of these thoughts is no!
Interesting thoughts to say the least.
What if God “took the day off”?
 Now the problem with this kind of lesson is that it must
have a major prefacing done in order to make the real point
 We seem to have an issue with really following Paul’s
charge to Timothy - “Study”(KJV) – “Be diligent to
present yourself approved to God, a worker who
does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
 So we will do that first and then move to the real point of
the lesson.
What if God “took the day off”?
Has God ever taken a day off in the very true
sense as we might understand and do?
A. Perhaps the following passage tells us
something other than that which we take at
face value and that one would argue about
concerning this lesson.
1. Notice the wording - keeping mind who
and what are being referred to in the
a. The Almighty and Powerful God of all
the Universe.
What if God “took the day off”?
B. Genesis 2:1-3 “Thus the heavens and the
earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
Gen 2:2
And on the seventh day God ended His
work which He had done, and He rested on the
seventh day from all His work which He had
Gen 2:3
Then God blessed the seventh day and
sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His
work which God had created and made.
1. It was completed, nothing more to be done, not
that He was tired, He is God.
What if God “took the day off”?
 RESTED - HEBREW - chanah - pronounced - khä·nä'
pitch, encamp, camp, pitch ... tent, abide, dwelt, lie,
RESTED, grows to an end.
 The Creation was finished, the work involved
came to an end.
 Not God being tired and just taking the day off
 The “Day of rest” is given to man – the Sabbath
was for man’s rest and worship to God.
What if God “took the day off”?
 The Sabbath was made for mankind to rest,
remember and praise God for what He has done –
Created us and gave us life.
 Our “sabbath” today is Sunday. Acts 20:7
 "It [is] a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and
you shall afflict your souls. [It is] a statute
forever.” Leviticus.16:31
 “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh
day [is] a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy
convocation. You shall do no work [on it]; it
[is] the Sabbath of the LORD in all your
dwellings.” Leviticus. 23:3
What if God “took the day off”?
 Sabbath is a weekly day of rest or related occasion,
derived from Biblical Sabbath (Hebrew: ‫שבָּת‬
ַׁ ,shabbâth,
Hebrew word #7676 in Strong's, meaning intensive
 Biblical Sabbath observance, i.e., resting from hard labors
on the seventh biblical day from Friday sunset to Saturday
1) Sabbath observance, sabbatism
a) of weekly sabbath
b) day of atonement
c) sabbatical year
d) of Feast of Trumpets
e) of the 1st and last days of the Feast of Tabernacles
What if God “took the day off”?
 It is interesting to note that in Genesis 2:1-3 it
is not referred to as the “Sabbath” as in the
remaining passages and discussion of the OT.
What if God “took the day off”?
B. So God rested His efforts, completed His
Work - His Creativity on that 7th day – but He did not
“take the Day off”
As in He went off fishing for the day and forgot about
everything --------- but what if He had?
What if God “took the day off”?
II. So what if He did “take the day off” and just
went off fishing somewhere?
A. One might say that’s a silly question,
thought, premise, etc.
1. But think about it - if God did us the way
that we sometimes do regarding the work of the
2. Would we be able to survive for even a
What if God “took the day off”?
B. How Do I (we) know that He doesn’t take a
day off…….
1. Because He is so observant of every thing
about His creation.
a. "Are not five sparrows sold for two
copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten
before God. "But the very hairs of your head are
all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of
more value than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:6,7
What if God “took the day off”?
b. "Therefore do not be like them. For your
Father knows the things you have need of
before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8
1. With ALL there are of us – it does NOT
seem possible that He would take one day
off of His observance of our needs.
What if God “took the day off”?
C. Why? – We would die without Him –
EVERY DAY of our lives!
1. Because - "for in Him we live and move
and have our being, as also some of your
own poets have said, 'For we are also His
Acts 17:28
What if God “took the day off”?
D. Because – “The LORD [is] good, A stronghold
in the day of trouble; And He knows those who
trust in Him.”
1. He knows when we are experiencing trouble
and He is always near, always ready to help
and we can live without fear.
2. “So we may boldly say: "The LORD [is] my
helper; I will not fear. What can man do to
me?" Hebrews 13:6
What if God “took the day off”?
3. He knows how we live our lives on a daily basis –
keeping track of us daily –
“The LORD knows the days of the upright, And
their inheritance shall be forever.”
Psalms 37:18
4. He blesses us on a Daily basis – “Blessed be
the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah.”
Psalms 68:19
What if God “took the day off”?
5. We would ask of Him as the Hebrew writer quotes
from Psalms 8:4 in Hebrews 2:4
“But one in a certain place testified, saying,
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or
the son of man that thou visitest him?
6. We are His creation, His Children “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:
Romans 8:16
What if God “took the day off”?
III. He would not think of such a thing as “taking
a day off”…..
A. So how can we think of doing such in our
Christian service for and to Him?
Considering this – “So likewise ye, when ye
shall have done all those things which are
commanded you, say, We are unprofitable
servants: we have done that which was our
duty to do.” Luke 17:10
What if God “took the day off”?
B. Have we done “those things which are
commanded you,” or --“have We taken the day off?”
Failed to use that which God has given us to
“And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing
of teeth.” Matthew 25:30
What if God “took the day off”?
Conclusion: So What if God “took the day off”?
1. God would not do that…….
2. He may complete (rested from) a project – Creation
3. But is continually observing – watching us
4. Continually blessing us
5. It is in Him that we have our “very being”
6. What makes us think that we could owe Him less?
What MUST You Do to Be Saved?
 Hear The Word Of God
Romans 10:17
Believe His Word
Mark 16:16, John 8:24
Repent of your sins
Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38
Confess your belief Romans 10:10, Acts 8:37
Be Baptized
Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38
For the Remission of Your Sins
Acts 22:16
Galatians 3:26, 27
Live Faithfully
Titus 2:11-14

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