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Publish date: Sep 1, 2011
Summary: What's so special about the seventh day, and what does that mean for the rest of the week?
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Like the Sabbath, the week originated at creation, and it has been preserved and brought down to us through Bible history. God Himself measured off the first week as a sample for successive weeks to the close of time. Like every other, it consisted of seven literal days. Six days were employed in the work of creation; upon the seventh, God rested, and He then blessed this day and set it apart as a day of rest for man.
In the law given from Sinai, God recognized the week, and the facts upon which it is based. After giving the command, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy," and specifying what shall be done on the six days, and what shall not be done on the seventh, He states the reason for thus observing the week, by pointing back to His own example: "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:8-11.
The placement of the Sabbath day in the week is important. Did the Creation week exemplify this?
Is Saturday the true seventh day?
Are lunar Sabbaths fact or fiction?
This article is from Patriarchs and Prophets: 111.