God’s Time-keeping

Thank you Bill Struse for the inspiration for extra post…

How does God regard the time he created?


First, God castigates His people in many scriptures. In Hosea, as Bill Struse quoted in his comment.  (So I won’t repeat it here.)

Also in the book of Malachi

For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. [Now, notice this.] 7 Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts. But you said, “In what way shall we return?” Malachi 3:6-7

So, the Lord does not change.

A New Testament scripture says similar about Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13: 8

So, what does that have to do with ‘time’, hopefully this will answer it.

The way time was measured in the Bible was from evening till morning.

This goes back as far as Genesis 1: 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

This continues in Genesis 1: 8,13,19,23,31 – the evening and the morning were the *number* day.

But it continues… Let’s look at the instruction for keeping the Day of Atonement…

It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.” Leviticus 23:32

Did you notice that? “From evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath.”

Then there is this from the Sacred Scriptures, Bethel Edition, Bible

… Now late on the sabbath day, as it began to dawn (draw) toward the first of the week …” Matt 28:1

This suggests to me that the Sabbath was drawing to a close, at sunset.

It is a different way of thinking about days and times but scripture plainly states how God created time, and that is how it continued.

12 oclockTo us… well, at least to me, a Western person, I found it very strange at first to ‘get my head’ around calculating time this way. I am used to our clocks, where the ‘day’ ticks over about one second after midnight and then it is officially another ‘day’.

But the way God created time – the new day started at twilight, just after sunset.

Remember – “For I am the Lord, I do not change…”

This explains how it is true that Jesus rose on the first day of the week.

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. John 20:1

“… They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb….” John 20: 2


The Bible tells us the tomb was empty before sunrise! The resurrection had already occurred, perhaps hours before. Yet thousands of people gather each year, facing East, to the rising of the Sun, as an integral part of their resurrection service, as a pagan sun-worshipper would. Now clearly these people are not consciously worshipping the Sun, yet their actions would be indistinguishable from a pagan, were one present at the same time. They both would be rejoicing at the moment of the rising of the Sun.

The Vernal Equinox

The pagan at this time of year would be celebrating the increasing of the Sun following the spring (vernal) equinox. That is the day on which the amount of darkness and daylight are the same in duration. Following that day the amount of daylight would steadily increase, a little each day. This increase of daylight in the spring brings about summer and makes crops thrive, thus the association with fertility (eggs, rabbits, chickens). Hence the association always to Sunday, to celebrate the increasing of the God of the Sun on the Sun Day.

Read the full article here… http://biblelight.net/easter.htm

Food for thought…




2 thoughts on “God’s Time-keeping

  1. William Struse

    Yes, when “time” is looked at from a contextual Biblical perspective it provides insights on those events. Another good example is the passage below.

    Acts 20:7 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

    From a Biblical context the disciples came together to “break bread” after sundown on Saturday evening. This would have been the “first day of the week”. Then Paull preached until midnight and left that same day, “the first day of the week” or early Sunday morning.

    Speaking of time here is a look at the Passover week from a contextual perspective:

  2. susanprestonbooks

    The 14th, although Passover, is not the start of Unleavened Bread. Unleavened bread is eaten at the Passover because Christ lived a sinless life. The daytime hours after Passover were the preparation for the first Holy Day of Unleavened Bread. The Holy Day, which is also the Night to be Much Remembered, began at sunset. After the Holy Day came another preparation day for the weekly Sabbath. That Holy Day began the week (7 days) of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
    Somewhere in the mists of the past, the Jews changed God’s instructions.

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