Next entry from Adam’s Diary (translated from Adam’s original hieroglyphics by Mark Twain) …
SUNDAY — Pulled through. This day is getting to be more and more trying. It was selected and set apart last November as a day of rest. I had already six of them per week before. This morning found the new creature trying to clod apples out of that forbidden tree.
Six days of work and one day of rest was the pattern Yahweh instituted from the beginning and gave to man because He had worked for 6 days and rested on the seventh during Creation Week. (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:9-11)
The real Adam would not have been a loafer as depicted in this excerpt–at least not before sin entered the world. Yahweh assigned Adam the work of tending the Garden of Eden and ruling over all of creation. (Genesis 1:28; 2:15) He was to do this for 6 days and then rest on Saturday, the seventh day.
The Sabbath was to be a sign between God’s people and Yahweh forever. The purpose of the Sabbath was to be a weekly reminder of Yahweh’s great work of Creation, and it was observed with a day of worship and rest from labor, just as Yahweh rested and was refreshed following His work of Creation. (Exodus 31:13-17)
Sunday was the first day of the week and a normal work day until the New Testament church changed the day of worship and rest from Saturday to Sunday in remembrance of the Resurrection.
The “forbidden tree” was the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Adam’s Diary identifies it as an apple tree, but it was definitely not an apple tree. For Yahweh said, “Every tree which has fruit yielding seed shall be food for you.” (Genesis 1:29) Therefore the fruit of the forbidden tree could not have had seeds. Apples have seeds, so apples could not have been the forbidden fruit. Scripture does not name the forbidden fruit. It likely no longer exists.
Read the prequels in this series on Adam’s Diary:
1. Adam’s Diary – A New Creature
2. Adam’s Diary – Naming the Animals
3. Adam’s Diary – Garden of Eden
4. Adam’s Diary – “We”
Read the sequel:
6. Adam’s Diary – Eve
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Thursday April 1, 2010 A.D.
Read my April 2010 Bible-Science column
Is This a Contradiction?
“But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. ‘Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. ‘So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ “It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”