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Which Day is the Biblical Sabbath?
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The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath according to Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV).

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

This commandment is the fourth of the Ten Commandments God gave at Mt. Sinai, writing them with His own finger on the tables of stone.

In Bible times they had names for only two of the days of the week. What we call Friday, they called Preparation, the day before the Sabbath (Mark 16:42). They called it Preparation because it was the day they got ready, prepared, for the Sabbath. The Sabbath is what we call Saturday, and is still honored as the holy day of the Lord by Jews and millions of Christians.

The other days of the week were numbered: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. The first day of the week is the day we call Sunday (Mark 16:1,2).

The sequence of the days of the week have come down to us since creation. There is no movement of the heavenly bodies to mark out the weekly cycle. The day is governed by the rotation of the earth on its axis, the month by the revolution of the moon around the earth, and the year by the revolution of the earth around the sun.

The only reason we have a week of seven days is that God took seven days to create the world, and gave us the Sabbath as a day of rest and as a memorial of that great event. (Genesis 2:1-3).

When Jesus was here on earth, He worshiped on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16). Since that time, there have been several calendar changes, but none of them affected the sequence of the days of the week.

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