I was inspired to finally put down my thoughts on this matter by a great post from my good friend and Sister, Jocelyn, called Sunday Fun Day.
She shared this great video (you might have to give it a minute to load):
First, let’s separate the issues.
One issue that both the post and video address is people’s lack of observance. American Christians commonly fix food, clean house, exchange money, and have others do work for them. This part of the issue I don’t disagree with, but I’m going to set it aside for another time and focus on…
When is the Sabbath?
The Bible relates the Sabbath to God’s work of Creation. He labored for six days, and then on the seventh day, He rested.
So we are also commanded to rest on the seventh day.
The video points out that on the Jewish calendar of the time, that corresponded to the day we now call Saturday (specifically, from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset).
But it seems to me that this is actually getting away from the Biblical command, rather than, as presented, following it more closely.
Again: we are commanded to rest on the seventh (last) day of the week – that’s what God said. The command was not to rest on a day men designated by a certain name on a certain calendar – those are “man said” based ruled.
Ask any second grader to name the days of the week for you.
No really. Find a child and ask.
Okay, now how about you? For the vast, vast majority of people in the United States (and much of the rest of the world), what is the first day or your work week? We have jokes and pithy sayings about it!
Even those who work on Saturday and/or Sunday typically recognize that they are “working on the weekend”, and the new week’s schedule commences on … Monday.
So if, in fact, Monday is the day we view as the first day of work, the first day of the week…
That makes Sunday the seventh day, the last day of the week, the Sabbath.