God rested in the 7th day. Did He take a nap? Does the Bible indicate that He sleeps? If you believe in the Trinity, did He God experience sleep via His son?
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No! God doesn't sleep nor needs to sleep. God is not a human.
I would mock and laugh at any god who needs to sleep. A god who needs to sleep is not a true God at all. The idea that God would sleep was humorous to Elijah the prophet.
"Rested" = "Ceased"
The Hebrew word translated "rested" in Genesis 2:2 is shabath (7673, שָׁבַת) which literally means: to cease, desist, rest. This is the origin of the word "Sabbath," the day of rest or the day on which no work was to be done.
I posit that "rest" here means something like "at rest" (i.e. an object that is not moving) as opposed to relaxing or sleeping. He "rested" because he had (v2) "completed His work which He had done" and there was nothing left to do. He "ceased" from working because his work was finished.
It isn't sensible to think that God sleeps (as pointed out by @Mawia), nor does the text in Genesis 2:2 support such an idea.
It is helpful to compare Genesis 1.1-2.3 to other Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) creation texts; the meaning of God 'resting' can be determined by verbal cues and literary parallels to other ANE creation accounts.
John H. Walton notes that Enuma Elish – after Tiamat is slain, after the functions of the world are established from her remains, after humanity has been created – concludes with the creation of a temple for the god Marduk: 'Below the firmament, whose grounding I have made firm, A house I shall build, let it be the abode of my pleasure. Within it I shall establish its holy place, I shall appoint my holy chambers, I shall establish my kingship' (5.121-124). Later, 'We will make a shrine, whose name will be a byword, your chamber that shall be our stopping place, we shall find rest therein' (6.51-52).
The climax of the creation of the world was the creation of a temple, which would serve as the place of 'rest' for the supreme god-king Marduk.
Genesis 2.2-3 describes day 7. At this point, 'the heavens and the earth were finished' already, so day 7 is not an act of creating anything. Instead, day 7 gives meaning to what has just been created: God comes to 'rest'. Appealing to other Hebrew texts, Walton states that 'divine rest' in ANE thought always occurs in a temple. One key text that substantiates this claim is Psalm 132, verses 7-8 and 13-14, which describes the temple in Jerusalem as the 'resting place' and 'dwelling' of God. This temple concept is further corroborated when he look back to day 6, where we find humanity is created as 'the image of God', i.e. God's temple icon.
The necessary conclusion then becomes that the universe that has been created on days 1-6 is God's temple. When God 'rests' in the universe he has just created, it means his presence has come to dwell in his cosmic temple.
The confusion about God resting comes from the translation of the original word used in Hebrew.
That original word was:
For some reason many people want to take the word to mean strictly to repose, or sleep, while disregarding it's most common usage which is to stop from exertion.
All Scriptures quoted are from the King James translation.
Genesis 2:1 through 3
These verses make more sense when we substitute the word celebrate instead of rested and rested from especially in view of later references to the sabbath
Exodus 20:8 through 11
Sometimes when I am doing something, especially if it is strenuous; I will stop for awhile and catch my breath, (I'm no spring chicken any longer) that may be called rest. However, when I have finished what I was doing I desist from working on it and that rest is different from the break I take in the middle of the task.
On those rare occasions when I do a really good job I have a tendency to step back and admire my work as I: so to speak; rest. That is much different from both of the rests described above.
Having considered all those things it seems to me that after:
That might just have been what God did. And it also may have been the reason he commanded us:
Perhaps he just might have wanted us to remember on that day once a week that it had only taken him six days to create all of this and give him thanks for doing it.