We measure time in many different ways. First we have hours which are divided into 60 parts because of an ancient numbering system with a base of 60 which made the calculating of angles easier. We have 24 hour days because that is the length of time it takes the earth to turn on its axis. The division of the day into 24 hours comes from the early Egyptian system of counting with a base of 12 instead of our base of 10. They separated the day into two parts, darkness and light, and divided each into 12 parts making the whole cycle 24 hours. We have months that are about 30 days long because that is the time it takes the moon to travel around the earth. We have years because that is the time it takes the earth to travel around the sun.
There is one more division of time that we have which has no basis in anything we see in nature or mathematical logic. This measurement of time is call a week. It causes us all kinds of difficulties in calculating time with it because it does not divide evenly into any of the other systems we use to measure time. In other words there is no natural or logical reason for a week. Where does it come from?
To answer this question we must turn to a source that is not well respected in scientific circles today. Although most scientists would not admit it, all true science has its origin from this source. The source is the Bible. That part of the Bible which gives us the reason for the week is the most maligned part of the Bible, the book of Genesis. The week is based upon the six days of creation and a seventh day of rest.
The idea of a seven day week is first seen historically in ancient Babylon where they celebrated the seventh, fourteenth, and twenty-eighth days of the month as religious holidays. These holidays were days of rest where certain activities were prohibited. It is likely that this principle was, in some way, communicated by God to Adam and passed on to his decedents. The week was more clearly explained at the giving of the law to Moses.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 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
As much as our modern society would not like to admit it, the week has its origin with God. The week celebrates the six day creation of the universe and the day of rest where God did no creative work. It goes against the evolutionary philosophy of the modern world.
The week not only has religious significance, it also has health benefits. It has been proven that if a man works hard for six days, and rests on the seventh day, he will maintain good health. Different cycles of work and rest don’t have the same good effect on our health.
God has blessed us with the week to remind us of His creative work and to give us a work regimen that is healthy. If the day of rest is spent feeding our souls by being in a church where God’s Word is faithfully taught and preached, the benefits will be even greater.
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