The Seventh Day

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During companionship scripture study last night we read about the creation of the world. It took God six days to make the world and He rested on the seventh.

Many profess that the six days sued to create the Earth were not 24-hour periods of time, but rather undetermined lengths of time and each day was not necessarily the same length as the others.

If this is the case, then how long is the seventh day? If God used the seventh day for resting from creating the Earth and its inhabitants, is it still the seventh day?

8 thoughts on “The Seventh Day

  1. At least one person has argued that it might still be the seventh day of creation, that is, we might still be being created.

    See John Sutton Welch, “Why Bad Things Happen at All: A Search for Clarity among the Problems of Evil,” BYU Studies vol 42:2:75 (2003).

  2. I haven’t thought about this in-depth since I’ve come to the opinion that God used evolution to create us (before then, I believed in a more literal 6000 years of creation). But I’m generally of the opinion that the Earth’s first Sabbath was the exact duration of man’s stay in the Garden — and that the Fall precipitated not only our expulsion, but brought to a crashing end a period of rest for our Father and Eldest Brother.

    Furthermore — and beyond the scope of this discussion — I consider man’s Earthly rule as being a second week that will be culminated by a Second Sabbath and the Lord’s Millennial Reign.

  3. “Hilarious” wasn’t the adjective I was hoping for…

    * scratches head *

    Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if I were wrong… but I honestly think this.


  4. “the Fall…brought to a crashing end a period of rest for our Father and Eldest Brother”

    That is what I found humorous, Silas.

  5. Based on my own (albeit limited) interpretations of the way things are spelled out in the creation sequences of the temple ceremony, I think we’re still in the 6th day. And I don’t think that God will rest until “his work and his glory” are compete.

    But then, what do I know?



  6. First of all, the endowment ceremony is not scripture. It is a ordinance full of a lot of symbolism. It is not meant to be a doctrinal treatise on the creation or the Garden. Rather it serves to act as a way for us to make covenants and to reflect on the symbolism and what it means to us.

    Secondly, are you saying, Mark, that Genesis, Moses and Abraham all incorrectly specify a seventh day?

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