NAMES OF DAYS

 

Important Facts on the name given to a day

 Let us bear in mind some important facts about the name given to a day.

(a)    The name given to a day and what is meant by the name is dependent on the language in question. There is great variety in names that various languages use for the days of the week and each comes with a meaning attached.

(b)    The Jews simply numbered their days first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Only the seventh day is given the name Sabbath

(c)     Most Latin based language such as English (debatable), French and Spanish originally connect each day of the week with what in ancient times were considered to be the seven planets. These are Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Sun.

(d)    These Planets were named after Roman gods and so it can be concluded that the days of the week as we know them were named after the Roman gods.

(e)    English, however, replaced the Roman gods that gave name to the planets with Anglo-Saxon or Nordic gods for the days Tuesday to Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Monday remain in the name of Roman gods.

(f)      Which day in the English Language is not named after a god?

 

Revelation of a first day Sabbath

 Even though the word of God presents the seventh day as a day to be set apart from the other six days there is also indication in the Old Testament of the first day being also a day to be set apart. See also Leviticus 23:15-39

 

In Leviticus 23:15, during the Feast of Weeks, the day after the Sabbath had significance along with the Sabbath itself. Israel was to count

off fifty days, up to the day of the seventh Sabbath; then, on the day after the seventh Sabbath, they were to present a new meat

offering to the Lord (Lev 23:15-16).

 

Again on this eighth day Israel was to hold another sacred assembly and present an offering made to the Lord by fire (Lev 23:36).

 

The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work, the Lord said (Lev 23:35), and on the eighth day, when the closing assembly was

held, they were again to do no work. On the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath (Lev 23:39 KJV).