It's the morning of the 7th day...Sabbath. Jesus kept the sabbath. There is reason to believe that the primary purpose of the Creation narrative in Genesis 1-2 is to establish the sacredness of time, the 7 day rhythm of our lives--the culmination being the Sabbath Day. The point is not that the world was created in seven 24 hour days...but that meaningful life is. The origin of the “week” is a mystery…it is independent of the month and unrelated to the cycles of the moon. To lose the sabbath is to lose touch with the God-imaged mystery that is our lives. Keeping time well turned on the 7th day...which was to be a day of rest. "So God blessed the 7th day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that God had done in creation." (Gen. 2:3)
Our days get their meaning as part of the week. Technological, mechanized time knows no such rhythm. Time is de-storied, one might say. Rest becomes elusive and, therefore, work becomes degraded. To order our days rightly is to order our weeks well. I'm not a legalist when it comes to sabbath—evidenced by what I am doing on this sabbath morning. :) But I know that its absence disorders my life. Is there a discernible sabbath rhythm to your week? It doesn't come naturally or inevitably. How is the rest of your life?
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