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Sabbath: It’s in the Math

Sabbath: It’s in the Math

Numbers are important in math and in our lives! We use them every day to explain time, money, and events. In the first chapter of the Bible, God uses numbers to describe His work of Creation. We often use numbers to describe quantities, but in the Creation account, God uses ordinal numbers to designate order and position. It is not Day 1, Day 2, etc.—instead, He says, the first day, the second day, etc.

Days are measured by the revolution of our planet around its axis. At Creation, God identified seven days and designated those days as the weekly cycle—which we still follow today. It is similar to a race in which there is a first, second, and third place. There would be an uproar if the third-place runner were given a first-place award because the ordinal numbers tell us the position of each person in the race. In the same way, God used ordinal numbers to distinguish the position of each day in the week so that there would be no confusion about His plan for us.

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 outline God’s work of Creation in six days and His example of rest on the seventh day. The account concludes by saying, “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:3). This simple declaration is not a command, but rather a record of the instruction given to our first parents defining for humanity the cycle of weeks that have continued down to our time.

As the new week began, God looked on the Sabbath He spent with Adam and Eve and blessed and sanctified it. In these two acts, He gave the seventh day a special blessing for those who will take advantage of it. But more than that, God sanctified it—that is, set it apart for holy use. The biblical record builds on this declaration in the giving of the Ten Commandments and again specifically in the example of Christ.

Today, many voices are seeking to create confusion about the significance of the seventh day. Click here for an easy-to-share resource you can give to your family and friends that expands on the history and importance of the seventh-day Sabbath in our day.