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God Made Something on the Climactic 7th Day of Creation

God made something on that 7th day of Creation week. What was it, and how important is it?
God made something on that 7th day of Creation week. What was it, and how important is it?

God made, He was active on the 7th day of creation — the pivotal creation climax

Genesis 2:1
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:
because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים אֶת-יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי, וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֹתוֹ: כִּי בוֹ שָׁבַת מִכָּל מְלַאכְתּוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת


שָׁבַת shâbath shaw-bath’; a primitive root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific):

KJV — (cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.


שֶׁבֶת shebeth sheh’-beth; from H7673 (שָׁבַת); rest, interruption, cessation:

KJV — cease, sit still, loss of time.

Genesis 2:3

He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

(made-laasot: Strong’s H6213) אֱלֹהִים לַעֲשׂוֹת

(created-bara: Strong’s H1254) אֲשֶׁר בָּרָא

  1. The word and is not present in Hebrew — the translators added it. One of my Hebrew teachers made this astute comment, “The sentence could easily have ended after the word created.” It could’ve, but it doesn’t because the verb ‘made’ adds a vital fundamental point, without which this puzzle piece loses its entire shape.
  2. Now notice below that, in fact, the word made appears three times in verses 2–3. In Hebrew, the first two renditions are asa — made in the past tense. The third rendition of ‘made’ is not in the past structure, it is laasot — In English grammar, we’d say this is an infinitive. I have no intention of giving grammatical explanations. All I will say is that an infinitive is a verb preceded by the particle to — That said, you can laasot with to do.

Genesis 2:2–3

2 And on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had made (עָשָֽׂה); and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made (עָשָֽׂה).

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made (לַעֲשׂוֹת).

Further Study:

  • For those of you who have some knowledge of Hebrew, check the Hebrew words for had made at the end of Gen. 2:2 and the end of Gen. 2:3. Notice that the English translation is identical, but the Hebrew construction is very different. Verse 2 says had made, but verse 3 is to make.
  • Check to see that in Genesis 2:3, rested is indeed translated ceased by the KJV translators in Strong’s 7673. Yes, I want you to double-check these points at the beginning of our journey because I want you to know I’m not giving you Sam Kneller’s translation of the Hebrew. The KJV translators were much better Hebrew scholars than I’ll ever be. ALL their various translations for the SAME Hebrew word give ALL the nuances and multiple meanings of each Hebrew word. As I conclude in the course 7 Keys to Master Biblical Hebrew. Each Hebrew Word, of and by itself, tells a story. We’re just beginning to get into these exciting stories.
  1. Bara: only God performs ‘creation.’ This word is used in other contexts and with other translations, but when it comes to this type of ‘creating’ something … only God is the Author. You can read ALL the contexts in the Old Testament, where we find the word bara. Here’s how:1. Go to (this only works on desktop, not smartphones, for the time being)
    2. Find the reference Gen 2.3 and the word ‘created’ in that verse
    3. Switch to Strong’s Concordance for Gen 2.3 (use the drop-down box towards the top right of the screen)
    4. Click on the number H1254 (to the right of ‘created’)
    5. You’ll see the Strong’s information in the right pane of your screen
    6. Mouseover the Strong’s entry for H1254 and the bottom section will reveal more links
    7. Click on Hebrew Concordance for H1254
    8. This view displays EVERY SINGLE USAGE of H1254 in the Old Testament in its contextual verse.
    9. Read these verses to see that when it comes to create — bara, God alone does this.



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Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.