I had the following article published in our local paper last week
Most of us work Monday through Friday. Then the weekend. We take a break from regular employment. Many also worship on Saturday or Sunday, depending on their faith. Individually, socially and culturally we find ourselves moving to this weekly rhythm. But why?
A basic answer is that American culture has Judeo-Christian roots. Many Jews and some Christians worship on Saturday. Most Christians worship on Sunday. Setting aside these two days leaves Monday through Friday for work.
Further investigation leads to the Bible. Genesis chapters one and two tell us God created for six days (Sunday through Friday) and rested on the seventh (Saturday). Throughout the Old Testament the command is repeated: “You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work” (Exodus 20:9-10).
Commands about the sabbath had a particular intent: to remind people about God’s finished works and invite us to rest with him in them. Our weekly rhythm, it turns out, reflects divine rhythm that God has desired us to share from the beginning.
But what is the reason for this divine rhythm? We can’t imagine God is subject to a weekly planner.