Olivet to Jerusalem. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: The command to obey God every seventh day is straightforward as the Bible states, "Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. Matthew 24: While the fourth commandment gives us a very basic idea of what to do and not do on the Sabbath, no specific instructions are given regarding WHEN to keep the day.
There are many reasons why sunset is used as the starting point not only for the Sabbath but also for God's Feast days as well. Why church on Sunday?The Israelites: The Rules on The Sabbath Day
It is assumed that the regulation had its origin in the Mosaic period in the injunction to the Israelite not to leave camp to collect manna on the sabbath Exod 16: They based this on Joshua 3: In the few places where the time between sunsets in more than twenty-four hours, God has given a certain amount of flexibility so that his Sabbath day can be observed at a time approximating sunset 6 p.
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz! One reference is to Exodus 16: In the NIV Text Notes that my Bible comes with, it says that a Sabbath day's walk was a distance "drawn from rabbinical reasoning based on several OT passages" and gives a few Old Testament verse references. Keener explains the logic and biblical basis: Keener confirms that the 2,000 cubit figure matches what we know of the geography of Jerusalem.
Under such factors the keeping of God's Sabbath day is a real problem since it requires the abrupt stopping of all work before noon on Friday and the starting of a regular day on noon Saturday. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.
Are the commandments still relevant? Acts 1: No instruction exists within the Fourth of the Ten Commandments the Sabbath day command in regard to when the day of rest should begin or end. According to the Mosaic law every Israelite was forbidden to travel on the Sabbath day.
Bibliography Mishnah , tr.