Exodus 23: 10-12….we find more emphasis on working in the 6th and setting apart and resting on the 7th….the same as God creating for 6 days and resting on the 7th day. We saw that pattern in how God instructed the Israelites to collect manna for 6 days with double in the 6th day and rest on the 7th day. We just saw that in the commandments, to remember the 7th day to keep it set apart and without labor in order to rest. Here, we see the same pattern in working the land for harvest…to work the land for 6 years and rest it the 7th year. This pattern must be really important to God!
Consider this pattern in the big picture of the gospel and its purpose of God having a family in love relationship. In 2 Peter 3:8, we see that with the Lord 1 day is as 1000 years. If we use that to break down the ages/times of man, we find this 7 pattern. There were 4000 years before Jesus. There have been about 2000 years since Jesus ascended into heaven. That is 6000 years (6 days) of God working with man to gain His beloved family. The Bible prophesies that after Jesus returns to earth, He will reign for 1000 years (1 day) from Jerusalem in peace and the whole world will be at rest from evil during His reign! Same pattern of work 6 and rest on the 7th!
This makes me wonder….if God never changes, then why have we changed His commandment of fellowship with Him and rest from the 7th day to the 1st day on Sunday?
It was changed by the Roman Catholic Church in alliance with the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine declared by law that everyone must be Christian instead of pagan religions. The Roman government and Catholic Church had joined forces for stronger control over all the people. Sunday was the pagan day to worship the primary sun god (thus Sunday). Changing the worship feast celebration day for pagans would have caused rebellion and riots. The worship day change was explained to Christians as now celebrating the day of Jesus resurrection … as proclaimed by the Pope. But, does that make it right (righteous)? Did any of the other 10 Commandments change?
How do I deal with this? I just try to separate both days unto God for rest and fellowship! Something to think about!