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Exodus 20:11

Consider the Sabbath commandment:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it (Ex. 20:8-11).

We work six days (144 hours, twelve dozen) and rest one. These are not imaginary days – they are real. So Creation Week occurred in six 24 hour days. Creation In six days is an important teaching of the Bible: “For in six days GOD made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore GOD blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day” (Ex. 20:11, Msg).

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Exodus 20:11 is the Haec Credimus (“this we believe”) of the Creation Research Society. Exodus 31:17 is a parallel passage: “It [the Sabbath] is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.” The Hebrew of Exodus 20:11 may be found here.

John Trapp commented on Ex. 20:11, “God took six days to make the world in, to the end that we might be in a muse when we think of it; and think on his works in that order that he made them.”

Robert McCabe concluded, “… both passages [Ex. 20:11, Ex. 31:17] have been clearly understood as references to man imitating the divine pattern established in the first week of temporal history by working on six consecutive, normal days and resting on a literal seventh day…” [1]

1) “A Critique of the Framework Interpretation of the Creation Week” by Robert McCabe in Coming to Grips with Genesis ed. by Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury (Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2008), p. 243.


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YES – Young Earth Science and the Dawn of a New World View

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Written by Jay Hall

Jay Hall has been an origins activist since the 1970’s. Hall is fmr. Assistant Mathematics Professor at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. He has an M.S. in Mathematics and has 53 credit hours of Science courses in various disciplines. He has written Calculus is Easy and his new book YES – Young Earth Science defends a young earth from History, Geology, Biology and Philosophy. Search yes jay hall on Google or Amazon to find the book.

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  1. Hello Jay,

    Thanks for focusing on Biblical creation and for this pointed look at the fourth commandment. What do you think of this video?

    An old Earth doesn’t explain the origins of our 7-day week with its seventh day Sabbath.

    And here is another video clip from WND

    Is Sunday really the Christian Sabbath?

    Is Sunday really the Christian Sabbath?
    Discover Richard Rives’ books, “Time Is the Ally of Deceit” and “Too Long in the Sun,” at the WND SuperStore!

    Where do you stand on the seventh day Sabbath? Creationist most often refer back to the entire Bible and the Bible only for the source of truth and faith. Yet so many worship on Sunday with no Biblical reason, only church tradition backs up a change to keeping Sunday holy with no scriptural evidence.


    Eric and Crystal Youngberg

  2. Eric and Crystal:
    Thanks for the response, you bring up some great points. I think the origin of the week is a great challenge for the Bible-doubters. There are very few books that focus on where our seven-day week comes from.
    The Creation Club brings together believers from a broad range of Christian backgrounds, so I don’t think this is the proper forum to delve into the theological weeds.
    Jesus is Lord, Jay
    1 Chron. 1:1

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