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The Sixth Day

The Biblical Hebrew word pronounced shish-shee means sixth, and hence is correctly translated into English as such. The first "sixth" recorded in the Holy Bible was the sixth day of Creation. It was the end of the first "work week."

"1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:24-31 KJV)

As stated above, humans were created at the end of the last work day of the week. The first humans observed the first Sabbath as the LORD's day of rest, not their own i.e. "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." The Day is Holy because the LORD is Holy.

"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)

"On the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily"

From then on, the first humans observed the Sabbath of the LORD as a day of rest for themselves also because they too thereafter had work to rest from. The Commandment to work six days and then rest on the Holy Sabbath of the LORD didn't originate in the Sinai; it began right in the Garden of Eden, long before Israelites or Jews came into existence from the descendants of the first humans.

The Holy Scriptures

"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Genesis 2:15 KJV)

Many centuries later, still before the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, the Israelites were instructed to work six days and rest on the Seventh Day - as well as use the sixth day as a preparation day for the Sabbath.

"16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 16:5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." (Exodus 16:4-5 KJV)

So the obedient ones of the people came to understand the principles of the Fourth Commandment (work six days, use the sixth day as a preparation for the Sabbath, and observe the Sabbath of the LORD) as a way of life.

"16:21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. 16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.

16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. 16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. 16:26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none." (Exodus 16:21-26 KJV)

The reason that the Fourth Commandment begins with "remember" is because the people to whom it was first given already knew it. For those of God's true people who came afterward, the "remember" is to never forget it.

"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)

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