ordinary language also abounds with such expressions. For example, we call a day happy, because it makes us happy, the cold numbing, because it makes us numb, a ditch blind, because we do not see it, and a tongue polished, because it produces polished speech. Finally, we speak of a time of rest from all troubles, when we live in it at rest from them all. Scripture said that God too rested from all the works which he made very good, because we will rest in him from all our works, if we have done good works. For even our good works should be attributed to him, who calls, who commands, who shows the way of truth, who invites us to will, and supplies the power to fulfill, what he commands.
The Seven Days and the Seven Ages of the World
35. The First Age. I think that we should consider more carefully why this rest is attributed to the seventh day. For throughout the whole text of the divine Scriptures I see that six work ages are, as it were, distinguished from one another by their limits so that in the seventh age rest is hoped for. These same six ages bear a likeness to the six days in which God made those things which Scripture reports that he made. 108. For the beginnings of the human race, in which it began to enjoy this light, can well be compared to the first day on which God made the light. This age should be regarded as the infancy of the whole world, which we ought to think of as one man in terms of its greatness. For every man, when he is first born and comes into the light, passes through the first age, infancy. This age extends from Adam to Noah over ten generations.____________________