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GOD’S WORD FOR MAY 18 ~ ~ Genesis 1:14 ~ ~ “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…”

God set things up during Creation week for man to be able to keep track of time. He wants our lives to be orderly. He hates confusion. Ancient civilizations have measured time for 4,000 years by eclipses of the sun and moon. This helps in studying ancient history today.

They also measured a year by the slight movement of the stars each night. We know now that it takes

exactly 365 days, 6 hours, and 9.6 seconds for the earth to make one rotation around the sun. This changes slightly each year as the earth’s rotation slows very slightly. In ancient days, of course, they weren’t able to be so precise, but they were surprisingly accurate.

The Egyptians measured a year by the position of the rising sun over the Nile at dawn. Our atomic clocks are still adjusted in reference to this.

But the week wasn’t determined that way. That was more of a societal decision. It doesn’t fit evenly into the annual measurement. Originally, it was taken by the Biblical account of the Creation. Six days of work, and one of rest, was agreeable to all for thousands of years.

But the French and Russian revolutionaries tried to change that. So did the government of Sri Lanka in the 1960’s. All of them went back to the seven day week. It simply didn’t work any other way. It was either too long a work week without a rest, or too short, and unproductive and awkward.

AGAIN—They came full circle to knowing that God is always right!

We as individuals are like that, too. Either in our decision to acknowledge Jesus as our Lord and Savior, or to obey Him in everything. Sometimes it’s out of deception or ignorance, sometimes out of stubbornness, but if we’re honest, we’ll have to admit that many times we ignore His guidance and go our way. He is always there to guide and give grace and love, and to forgive when we realize what we’ve done and repent. Thank You, Lord, for that!!

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