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The Sevening Of The Week

Unlike years, months and days, the seven-day week is not directly observable in nature. The week has seven days because the LORD "sevened" it i.e. the Hebrew word for "week" that is found in Genesis, pronounced sheb-oo-ah, means to be made a seven, or a day seven times.

By definition, rest comes after work. The LORD (see Christ The Creator) founded the true meaning of week by resting on the seventh day (unlike Satan's Roman calendar that denies the LORD's true Christian Sabbath and rests on the first day of the week - the spiritually putrid "Sunday" - see Sun Worship).

The LORD's calendar days begin and end at sunset, or "evening" (see Darkness Before Light). Notice how, in English also, that the completion of the day at evening alludes to s-evening, the same as the Hebrew word ("evening" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word which meant to retire, or to cease work).

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

What Is A "Rest"?

A number of different Hebrew words are translated into English as "rest." The first, pronounced shaw-bawth (from which came the English "Sabbath"), means to cease from labour. That was the word translated as "rested" in Genesis 2:2-3 (quoted above) - which also explains how the LORD, Who never gets weary, can "rest." The LORD's rest is to finish a work i.e. "the heavens and the earth were finished" (Genesis 2:1, quoted above).

The Holy Scriptures Humans do become weary however, which is why a different Hebrew word, pronounced noo-awkh, was used for "rest" in the Fourth Commandment. That "rest" has a much wider meaning. It includes to finish a work, as the LORD did, but also means a physical rest for humans.

"20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 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:

20:11 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 KJV)

The physical meaning of "rest" will apply only as long as the process of salvation is in progress. The week itself has an ultimate meaning in which the spiritual creation will be "sevened" - after which the children of God will observe the LORD's Sabbath in the very same way that He does - if they prove worthy of salvation by obedience to God i.e. "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."

"4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: How do we know that we observe the same day today for the Sabbath as the LORD created so long ago?
See Do We Have The Original Calendar?

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