The spiritual atmosphere was “good”. In the beginning, the spiritual atmosphere on Earth was also “very good”. I have not yet found a better exposition on how Adam and Eve must have perceived the meaning of everything they saw on the very first day of their lives as the following:
“’God is love’ [was] written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs, the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green – all [testified] to the tender fatherly care of . . . God, and to His desire to make His children happy.”6
After He had created Adam and Eve, God rested on the seventh day of Creation. In other words, the human progenitors’ first day of life was spent in companionship and communion with their Creator. To understand this from today’s point of view, it is just like a father and mother taking off on a paternity/maternity leave to attend to the birth of their child. No one can miss that day off as the parents’ celebration of joy and love on the arrival and entrance of their baby into their lives. The parents’ first day with their baby is a manifestation of their commitment to love, cherish and care for him all his life. The Creator’s first day with Adam and Eve expressed His delight at their arrival into His life. It was an expression of His covenant to love, care for and sustain the race that He had brought into existence in the world.
As every child’s birthday should remind him of his parents’ lifelong commitment to love, cherish and support him, so should every seventh day remind people of God’s enduring love for man. Too bad many children today have not experienced genuine parental love. Too bad most people today have forgotten to celebrate and meditate on the significance of the seventh-day Sabbath. This injunction from the Bible is certainly apropos to a generation who has virtually forgotten God:
“Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day. On six days do all your work: But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and he took his rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given his blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8.7 The seventh-day Sabbath was meant to be a blessing, not a curse, to man. As Jesus Himself said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2: 27.
More than just being a memorial and celebration of Creation, the weekly Sabbath is also a reminder of God’s acts to affect man’s salvation.
In Exodus 20:2, God said this to the children of Israel before declaring His Ten Commandments: “I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house.” Then, in the New Testament book of Hebrews, the writer points to the seventh-day Sabbath as a reference in expounding on the salvation rest that is available to everyone who believes in God’s salvation plan for man as manifested in the life, ministry and death on the cross of Jesus Christ.