The Lunar Sabbath and the 4th Day of Creation Argument

References: Mark 2:27; Genesis 1:15-19; Genesis 1:11-13; Genesis 2:3-5

If you are not new to this blog, you know that I’ve been praying and learning about the true sabbath. See blogs entitled Sabbath Keeping and Lunar Sabbath Keeping and the Witnesses for background.

One of the most compelling arguments s-turday sabbath keepers use against the idea of the lunar sabbath is that the moon was created on the fourth day. One brother stated “So if the sun and moon were created the fourth day it was impossible for the first day to be new moon since there wasn’t even a moon in existence yet.”

The Sabbath Was Made For Man

After praying for the Master Yahushua to clarify this, His Spirit pointed me to the creation account in Genesis. His words also resonated “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” Mark 2:27. Yah set the pattern of the sabbath after He did the work of creation. However, man had not yet done one bit of work when Yah rested on the seventh day. I believe that the first rest day taken by Yah was a pattern for the sabbath days which were to follow.

Here’s what I was shown…

The lights of the sun, moon, and stars were to divide the day from the night. They were for signs, seasons, days, and years. Yah spoke them into existence on the fourth day (Genesis 1:15-19). Does that mean that the first through third days weren’t really days at all because these signs had not been created? No. These signs were created for man’s benefit. Yah did not need them to complete His work.

The grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit trees were spoken into existence on the third day (Genesis 1:11-13). Do not these things need the light of the sun to grow? Although I’m not a trained botanist, I learned that some plants even need a certain ratio of sunlight as well as night to thrive. How did these first plants spoken into existence on the third day grow if the sun and moon were not created until a day later?

Creation Spoken Into Existence Before Matter Manifested

I believe a clue may be found in Genesis 2:3-5. After Yah stated that He sanctified the sabbath because that was the day that He rested from His creation work, He went on to say…

 “These are the generations of the heavens of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yah made the earth and the heavens.

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for Yah had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”  Genesis 2:4-5

 This verse implies that Yah spoke the word to create the plants, but they did not actually start growing in the earth until later. I don’t know this for sure, but I believe that the same is true for the sun, moon, and other heavenly signs.

The only way I can further describe the process is through a construction project illustration. A builder constructs a building’s infrastructure to include foundation, framing, electric wiring, and plumbing. However, everything doesn’t start to work in an integrated manner until the homeowner moves into the newly constructed home.

*Note- human builders always do integrated tests of their work before handing the product over to the homeowner, but Yah did not need to do any testing because His work is perfect every time!

By the time Adam rested from his work, all the hosts of heaven were created and functioning. Remember, part of Adam’s work was to till or work the ground. For plants to grow, there had to be a period of day and night characterized by the sun and moon.

I am by no means an expert, but after praying about the subject, I was led directly to those scriptures I mentioned. I know that I am not trying to fit a preconceived belief into a Biblical mould as it would be much easier to navigate society if s-turday were truly the sabbath. That in and of itself makes me question the validity of a s-turday sabbath; most things that fit nicely into this world’s system are not of Yah.

Shabbat Shalom!

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