Johannes Brenz on Genesis 2:2

Johann Brenz (24 June 1499 – 11 September 1570)

Johann Brenz (1499 – 1570)


When it is said that God rested on the seventh day, one should not suppose that he would have deserted this world and led a life of leisure. Rather, it is said that he rested on the seventh day because he did not continue by building a new physical world but was satisfied with protecting, administering and governing this one. Indeed, when the Lord says of Zion, “This is my resting place forever and ever,” [Ps. 132:14] one should not think that he would remain idly encamped in Zion but that he would defend and guard Zion against its enemies, not desert it. Whence it is added, “Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”


Genesis 1-11, ed. John L. Thompson, Reformation Commentary on Scripture, OT Vol. I, p. 64.