How a day is defined may seem elementary and the study of how a day is defined unnecessary. However, we need to learn how a day is defined in heavenly terms or more bluntly how God has defined it.
When reading the Bible, we know that there is a spiritual undertone to understanding things. God has already explained everything but we need the Holy Spirit to help interpret what is already written.
When the Spirit reveals things to us, we begin to understand things hidden in plain sight, things that have been there for centuries. The Apostle Paul wrote the letters to the Corinthians to correct what he saw as erroneous views in the Corinthian ChurchR11. Today most of the Church on a whole has sort of forgotten how to understand a day as defined by God. Many would still not agree that their view is in error. The words that are written in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 addressed to the Church and its leaders are especially apt for this generation.
Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to worldly, even as to babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with solid food. For to this day you were not able to endure it. Nor are you able now.M210
The first sentence speaks volumes by itself, for many of us are still worldly. The worldly connection allows us to understand the world we are working in and it is how we interact with the world around us. It is because we spend most of our time; almost the entire day living and working in the worldly world we are considered adults in the physical world and babies in the spiritual world.
As babies in the spiritual world similar to the physical world, we need milk. All babies are fed milk until they grow old enough to start having solid food. The statement made by Paul is that we have been fed with milk and not solid food because we can’t endure it not even now.
In Merriam-Webster endure means: to continue to exist in the same state or condition, to experience (pain or suffering) for a long time, to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in, to put up with.MW23
What was Paul trying to tell us when he said, he fed us with milk and not solid food?
Before we try to answer that, let’s first read 1 Corinthians 3:1-15.
Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to worldly, even as to babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with solid food. For to this day you were not able to endure it. Nor are you able now, for you are still worldly. Since there is envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not worldly and behaving as mere men? For while one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not worldly?
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to each one? I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither is he who plants nor he who waters anything, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with God: You are God’s vineyard; you are God’s building.
According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, but another builds on it. Now let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire.M211
What Paul was trying to tell us, when he said, he fed us with milk and not solid food is that he has just laid the foundation which is Jesus Christ.
We are still feeding on the milk, because the envy, strife, and divisions among us prevent us from realizing that the ministers whom we believe, are assigned; some to plant and others to water, for they are laborers together with God as we are God’s vineyard; we are God’s building.
When we put the envy, strife, and divisions away, we can allow the ministers whom we believe are building on the foundation which is Jesus Christ. For as it is written in 1 Corinthians 3:11, no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ.M212
When the divisions come down, we can see that the ministers are not laying another foundation, but instead building upon it.
You’re probably wondering what more is there to build upon and what is greater than Jesus Christ?
The answer to that is nothing!
What each one is doing is building upon the foundation of Jesus Christ so that their work can be revealed by fire. The opportunity to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ is open to everyone for it is also written in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15.
If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire.M213
In 1 Corinthians 3:2-3, Paul say this I have fed you with milk and not with solid food. For to this day you were not able to endure it. Nor are you able now, for you are still worldly. Since there is envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not worldly and behaving as mere men?M214
The question we need to ask ourselves is, are we still worldly?
For as long as we are still worldly and there is envy, strife, and divisions among us how will we be ready to move from milk to solid food.
What I’m going to be talking about next is going be like solid food for some. It will be difficult to digest at first, but if we put aside our way of thinking that creates divisions we will discover something amazing in the story of creation.
To better understand the story of creation let us start by reading Genesis 1:1-5 (NIV).
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.N23
Understanding the next few paragraphs are going to seem tricky at first, so read them over again if necessary. The reason we are going to find it difficult to grasp is due to the way we understand days as it has been established today.
The first and most important thing to understand is that there are different standards and variousvarious organizations have defined the measurement of days that we use today. Added to that mix is calendars. Apart from days we also need to know whose calendar and standards we are using. Today the most commonly used calendar is the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced to the world in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIIIR12.
If anyone does a little bit of research into how days are defined, they will find that it all depends on who’s concept of a day you want to use. We have days that are based on the moon, on the sun and on the moon and the sun. Today the most commonly used day starts at midnight, or 00:00 for those on the 24-hour clock.
None of these established calendars of days can take away the fact that these measurements are agreed upon standards that have been set by different international bodies made up of scientist’s and or religious organizations.
For those that have traveled around the world know that the days, we use today are based on which country we live and or our religious background.
How we interact with the world today is largely based on what’s the most accessible, convenient and largely how scientists collectively have defined it. That’s why many people today follow two calendars, one based on what the world on a whole chooses to use, which is often defined by the United Nations. The other is based on their country or religion.
HOW WE USE THE CALENDAR IS BASED ON COUNTRY AND RELIGION
There is nothing wrong with having a standard set of measurements, in fact, it’s very helpful when we need to set a meeting and talk to someone across the globe that’s in a different time zone.
If you ever saw a movie with military personnel, you would often see them synchronizing their watches. This allows them to know exactly when they need to be somewhere, or when to expect something to happen.
God works in a similar way. For God, there is no necessity of time in eternity, but never the less has established a way to keep time for all of us on earth so we may know what He has planned. God uses light as his instrument of time for us here on earth. God also has a very simple way to define when a day ends and when a day starts.
When the sun sets, we know it’s the end of our working day, and we know we have a few hours left on our clock before midnight and a new day starts.
For us, a new day begins at midnight. Likewise, God started a new day at the start of light. So after the sun sets the day ends and a new day begins in God calendar when the light shines.
For us, the worldly calendar starts at midnight and for God, the evening or darkness marks the start of night and light the beginning of a new day.
To God when the sun sets, the previous day ends, and night starts the beginning of a new cycle. The night is the first half of what we call a day which is comprised of 24 hours.
NIGHT IS THE FIRST HALF OF WHAT WE CALL A DAY CONSISTING OF 24 HOURS
In the way God has defined time and days for us, we first have darkness referred to as night and then we have light referred to as day.
If we can grasp the fact that we first have night and then we have day on earth, we can begin to grasp the bigger and spiritual significance that there was first darkness and then there was light. In Genesis 1:1 we learn, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.M215 Heaven is the spiritual world and earth is the physical.
In Genesis 1:2 darkness came over the earth first and the Spirit of God came over the earth next. The earth was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.M216
It is in Genesis 1:3-4, where we encounter the first spoken words of God “Let there be light” and God used the light to separate darkness. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.M217
In John 8:12, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”M218
We learn that Jesus is the light in John 8:12 and in Ephesians 6:12 we learn whom the darkness is. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.M219
Now that we understand who is light and who is darkness, we can learn the second most important thing which is pivotal to understanding how God has defined days.
What we need to know is before there was night and day, there was eternity. What that means is before days were established there was eternity and no need for days.
Days are a construct that God created within eternity. Eternity may seem difficult to understand because we are still trying to reference it in relationship to time. The easiest way to understand eternity is if we understand that eternity is the absence of time. In other words, there is no need of time. We have time because when the sunsets we know the day has come to an end.
In a world where the light is forever and does not set, as darkness does not exist, that day lasts forever, it is eternal. We also have days to serve as a countdown marker, as an estimate to how many days we have left on earth. At the end of our days, we have eternal life, we have eternity.
DAYS ARE A CONSTRUCT THAT GOD CREATED WITHIN ETERNITY
The third most significant shift in understanding days is that a day ends at sundown. Today for us a day comprises of both day and night. But God separated the day from the night. So first we have night and then we have day.
I’m going to expand on that a little more. If a day ends at sundown, then a night is what prepares us for the next day.
The night that follows the end of daylight is the marker for the beginning of the next day not the end of the first day. The first day has already ended because the light has gone down.
A DAY ENDS AT SUNDOWN
This means for the day to begin it first starts with night. Some of you may remember the word daybreak. Merriam-Webster defines daybreak as the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear.MW24
In other words, daybreak is used to describe the point where night ends and day begins. Sort of when you break something in half; daybreak is when a period of time (24 hours) is split from night to day.
For us, a day (24 hours) is made of day (light) and night (darkness). For God night was never part of the day. If we use terminology as God has defined and not as they are misused, we will begin to understand things better. It may seem rudimentary to try and understand days, but understanding days correctly is going to be quite difficult for us to grasp and wrap our head around. People that follow two different calendars will find this easier.
To be accurate, there is night and there is day. Day is day and night is night. Merriam-Webster defines day perfectly, it has one definition that is used around the world and one that is exactly how God established it.
The definitions that are used by the world are these: a period of 24 hours beginning at midnight: one of the seven time periods that make up a week, the mean (average) solar day of 24 hours beginning at mean midnight, a specified day or date, a specified time or period, the period of rotation of a planet (as earth) or a moon on its axis, the time established by usage or law for work, school, or business.MW25
The next definition and to me, the best definition of how God has defined days found in Merriam-Webster is this: the time of light between one night and the next.MW25
If you can understand that, a day is defined by the time of light between one night and the next. You will begin to understand that first there is night then day. The day pauses before the next night begins.
A DAY IS DEFINED BY THE LIGHT BETWEEN ONE NIGHT AND THE NEXT
What you realize is to have day (light) you first need night and that is why in Genesis we see darkness first.
Light is what separates night from the next night.
Please remember this when you read the next several pages. Every time you get confused revert back to this.
This is exactly what God did in Genesis 1:4. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.M220
What’s important to point out is that before this, there was no separation between darkness and light. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, then darkness came upon the earth, which required the Spirit of God. Due to the darkness over the earth, God brought forth light and then God separated light from darkness.
The next few words of Genesis 1:5 (NIV) are going to be life changing for many. When we understand this fundamental concept of days as defined by God, a lot of what Jesus said will begin to make perfect sense and lines up with God’s work on creation.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.N24
I’m not sure if you picked up on it, “there was evening” this is the first evening. No importance is given to it and rightly fully so, as we know that the darkness is the evening.
The words that God said next were amazing, “and there was morning–the first day.” The morning started the first day.
MORNING STARTED THE FIRST DAY
While you still have this thought in your mind, let me reiterate God created the day after there was darkness. The day followed after darkness. So that’s why there was darkness and then after that, light was the first day.
What that means is that everything God created after light was on the first day. Everything before that took place in eternity.
The other most significant point that I want to talk about is that for God, light is day. Where there is light, there is day and where there is darkness there is night.
When the heavens and the earth were created in the beginning it was created before day (light) and it was created before night (darkness). If you don’t believe me, just read the first verse of Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.M221
We need to separate the way man records and reads days from the way God has defined it. God did not define a day and work within it. God also did not define a day so that He can use it to tell time. What use has God for time when He has eternity. There is no beginning and no end for God. God created the heavens and the earth, God called the light day, God did not create a day.
GOD CALLED THE LIGHT DAY, GOD DID NOT CREATE A DAY
As we pay more attention to what God says, we can then begin to understand what He says versus what we think He is saying.
God called the light Day! And the darkness He called night!
God did not create light (day) nor did God create darkness (night). Light was decreed to exist but darkness was not permitted by God, but instead it was found by God and existed due to rebellion.
We call the absence of time eternity. We do not know what God calls it. It is during the absence of time or what we call eternity God called light day and darkness night.
Did God take a day to create certain things?
Yes, because a day is defined by the light between one night and the next. How long that light was available for is mentioned in 2 Peter 3:8. But, beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.M222
It could have taken a thousand earth years for God to do what He did in one day. God created what He did between one night and the next night. It is between one night of darkness and the other night of darkness that God created things during the day, during the light.
It is within eternity that God has defined light as day for us and we learn that for God a period of light is like a thousand years. I think the reason we have that verse in scripture is so that we can have some perspective of duration on how long a day is for us in earth years, compared to God’s view.
What’s also interesting from 2 Peter 3:8 is that there is no definition for the length of night. One day or one light is like a thousand years. It’s not saying one day (light) and night (darkness) is a thousand years. It also says “like” a thousand years, which is an approximation.
This statement by Peter was given so that we can sort of grasp the concept of eternity, a time frame that has no dimension of time as we understand. It is for that reason Peter said, a day is like a thousand years, which is a very long time, but to God even a thousand years are like a day. We are not the creators of time or creation, God is. God created it, we just need to observe and understand the creators’ definitions even if we do not agree with it, especially if they do not match with what we have been taught.
Would heaven need 24 hours in a day (light) when night (darkness) no longer exists in it?
What purpose would time have in Heaven if there were no death and end to it?
Eternity begins and ends with God.
Peter did give us a little hint into approximately how long some things took; every day (period of light) was like a thousand years.
So if we do a recap at Genesis 1:5 (NIV) “God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.”N25 Everything God created before the first day or period of light, God created in eternity. Everything else He created in between periods of night (darkness).
What God did was create periods of light within darkness in what is essentially eternity.
Below is an illustration to help visualize what we talked about so far and illustrate what is written about in Genesis 1-2.
This is another illustration to help identify the flow within eternity.
Below is another table that illustrates the same information in a different way. This table is similar to how we commonly look at days (24 Hr. periods of time) today.
Now we are going to take these visual constructs and go through Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) and Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)
Eternity: Genesis 1:1-5 (NIV)N26
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning…
The First Day: Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV)N27
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.
8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning…
The Second Day: Genesis 1:9-13 (NIV)N28
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters He called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.
12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
13 And there was evening, and there was morning…
The Third Day: Genesis 1:14-19 (NIV)N29
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,
15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
16 God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,
18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening, and there was morning…
The Fourth Day: Genesis 1:20-23 (NIV)N30
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
23 And there was evening, and there was morning…
The Fifth Day: Genesis 1:24-31 (NIV)N31
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.
At first, you will be surprised that mankind was created on the fifth day and not the sixth day. Like I said before you will need to reread these pages a couple of times. Remember how a day is defined in Merriam-Webster; a day is defined by the light between one night and the next.MW25
Now things are going to get even more interesting and amazingly beautiful when a day will be defined and there will be no night to separate it.
For the sixth and seventh day, the most significant and profound part is that no darkness separated the sixth day from the seventh day. And the most surprising thing about the seventh day is it has no end. The transition from the sixth to the seventh was when God had finished what he was doing.
God never said that a day needs night. God always called light “day.”
Another word that we need to understand that explains the separation between the two days (two periods of light) is this simple two-letter word “by,” “by” means before. If you want something to be done before the start of a particular day, we would say by the 15th. What that means is we have until the end of day on the 14th to complete what we’re doing and “by” the 15th we should have completed what we were assigned to do.
With that in mind let’s look at the sixth and seventh day in Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV).
The Sixth Day: Genesis 2:1-2 (NIV)N32
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
The Seventh Day: Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)N33
2 Before (by) the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work.
3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
It was before the seventh day when God had finished the work, not “on” the seventh day. He finished His work “before” the seventh day so that “on” the seventh day He could rest from all His work.
This table below illustrates what we just covered.
We are now going to look at the significance of the last words God spoke about on the sixth day. “God had finished the work He was doing” the importance of that can be found in the words Jesus spoke, but before we can go into that amazing part let us synchronize Gods’ days with the most commonly used names for the days of the week we use today.R13
Sunday is the first day of the week and still used today on many calendars which may change; as ISO 8601 has defined that the first day of the week is Monday.R14 Monday is usually the first business or working day of the week. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization.R15 In many countries the first day of the week may be different, but for the most part, they have adopted the Gregorian Calendar.
I don’t know about you, but for the longest time, I could never understand the reasoning for ending Genesis 1 with day 5 only to continue the other two days in Genesis 2 with verses 1-3. Why was a new chapter required for 3 more verses?
At first, I thought maybe the chapter was too big so they needed to split it up. But then after reading the Bible and after some research I found that Psalms 119 is longest chapter in the Bible.R16 I then said to myself that’s a Psalm may not qualify on a technicality it being a Psalm and not a chapter. So the question remained what other chapters are the longer than Genesis 1 in the Bible, I found Deuteronomy 28 and Numbers 7 among others.
What I realized which may come as no surprise to many, is that Jesus started our new chapter. He created the New Covenant with mankind or what we commonly understand today as the New Testament.
In reading the first couple of verses in Genesis 2, I noticed something else. What God did in Genesis 2:1-3 is what Jesus also did. That’s exactly what is recorded in John 5:19. Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise the Son does.M223
So just like how God finished the work He had been doing on the sixth day. Jesus said these words on the sixth day of the week as documented in John 19:30. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.M224 Likewise, Jesus finished what He started to do in the flesh, on the 6th day of the week.
He finished His works on the 6th day because that was the day of Passover in the land of Israel. During Passover, the high priest sacrifices a lamb without spot of blemish. A spot or blemish represents sin. So a lamb without spot and blemish would be one without sin. The blood of that lamb would then be used to atone for the sins of the high priest, the people, the land, and for Israel.R17
Hebrews 4:14-15 tells us that, since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin.M225
Jesus is our High Priest and what makes Jesus a different High Priest is written about in Hebrews 7:26-28. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, for He is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and is higher than the heavens. Unlike those high priests, He does not need to offer daily sacrifices—first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints men who are weak as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son who is made perfect forever.M226
It is Jesus who has sacrificed Himself with His own blood so that He can atone for the sins, of His people, the land of Israel and the entire world.
Now the next part of Genesis 2:2 is even more surprising. We know that God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it He rested from all the work of creating what He had done. Now let’s look at when Jesus was crucified on the cross.
Jesus was crucified on the 6th Day of the week or what we call Friday, we see that in Mark 15:42-46, it was the day before Sabbath, which is the 6th day or Friday because Sabbath (Shabbat) is on the 7th day which is Saturday. The English word Sabbath is derived from the Hebrew word Shabbat which is used to describe the 7th day of rest.
Below is a table that shows the different days and what they were called thousands of years ago and still preserved today in Hebrew calendars.
In case you were wondering, Yom in Hebrew means day. In Mark 15:42-46, when the evening had come, because it was the Day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, an honorable member of the Council, who also waited for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate, and requested the body of Jesus. Pilate wondered if He were already dead. And calling for the centurion, he asked him whether He had been dead for a while. When he learned about it from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. So he bought fine linen, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.M227
We know that Jesus kept the laws and the commandments because if He did not, He would then be with sin and would not be able to enter life as stated in Matthew 19:16-17.
One came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good deed shall I do to have eternal life?”
He replied to him, “Why do you call Me good? There is One who is good. But if you would enter life, keep the commandments.”M228
We also see that in James 2:10 it says, for whoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point is guilty of breaking the whole law.M229
Jesus did not break any of the commandments or the laws, He came so that all can be fulfilled as He spoke about in Matthew 5:17-18. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one dot or one mark will pass from the law until all be fulfilled.M230
If Jesus did not come to break any of the laws or commandments, it would mean that He like God would have kept the commandment of the Sabbath and rested on the 7th Day.
We know that in Genesis 2:3, God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He had rested from all His work which He had created and made.M231
Jesus would not have broken any of the commandments especially the one mentioned in Exodus 20:8-10. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or your sojourner who is within your gates.M232
If the Sabbath day is a day of rest as God rested on that day, and if it is holy because God blessed it and we know in John 5:19, Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise the Son does.M233
What this means is that when Jesus died on the Day of Preparation, which was before the Sabbath, it also means that on the Sabbath day (Shabbat), He would have rested. Jesus blessed it and made it holy by his sacrifice, like a lamb on Passover that takes away the sins of Israel, Jesus took the sins of the world, and He then rested on that day, just like His Father, for Jesus, also finished what He was called to do.
The other reasons why we do not have night separating the sixth day from the seventh is first because of the words in John 8:12. Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”M234
So after Jesus died He took His light with Him and we can read about it in John 1:4-5. In Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.M235
Jesus overcame the darkness when He conquered death because His light overcame it. This is the reason night or darkness no longer separated the sixth day from the seventh.
JESUS IS THE REASON NIGHT (DARKNESS) NO LONGER SEPARATED THE SIXTH DAY FROM THE SEVENTH
In Revelation 1:18 Jesus says, I am He who lives, though I was dead. Look! I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.M236
After Jesus had died in the flesh, He was alive forevermore, with the keys to Hades and Death so that all mankind can be saved from the chains of darkness.
Jesus removed the darkness that would have separated the sixth day from the seventh day and brought eternal life and light to us on the seventh day.