When God created Heaven and Earth, we tend to forget that he began counting and separating each day in a manner we do not. After dividing night from day, God tells us that “the evening and the morning were the first day.” In the Word of God, evening began when the sun wend down, as described in Joshua 8:29, II Chronicles 18:34; Mark 1:32 and also Nehemiah 13:19. God is Creator, as such God determines when the day begins and ends. His Sabbath begins Friday evening at sunset and ends Saturday evening at sunset. Here is how it reads in Genesis 1:5.
“God called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.”
The Sabbath commandment had an important spiritual purpose because it pointed God’s people to Him as the supreme Maker of all things. It reminds us weekly that a higher power and authority is in charge and at work in our lives. The Word of God tells us what we need to know about God’s purpose for our life; The Word tells us who we are, why we are here, and even tells us where we are headed-The Word tells us how we are to live. The Word is our guide for living because it shows us how to have a proper relationship with God our Creator and with our fellow man.
Some believe that the Sabbath was meant for physical nation of only Israel but Jesus Christ said in Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man.” He indicated that the seventh day was made for man’s benefit and well-being. Jesus understood the purpose of God’s law that God intended the Sabbath to be a blessing and benefit to man. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, which means He(God) set the seventh day apart and made it holy. Here is how The Word of God expresses God’s instruction in Exodus 20:8-11.
“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 our 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.”
The Sabbath Day is a blessing for all who choose to be obedient to God’s commandment.