Who decided the names of week days?

This morning after early swim at 5am I came out to hear the birds and light!  Finally after the winter comes Light!!  Such a relief from the constant darkness of winter. 

Reedsport area of Oregon ;-) ©salzano


Which brought to mind, have you ever looked up why we have the names of the week as we do?

For instance (from goggle search)

English
Latin
French
SUNDAY
Solis (Sun)
dimanche
MONDAY
Lunae (Moon)
lundi
TUESDAY
Martis (Mars)
mardi
WEDNESDAY
Mercurii (Mercury)
mercredi
 The Greeks named the days week after the sun, the moon and the five known planets, which were in turn named after the gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus. The Greeks called the days of the week the Theon hemerai "days of the Gods".


When I was first called by God and He opened my mind to questions I had never thought about- this was one of them.  I had no idea that our months and days of week were all from old pagan gods of the universe.  It did not matter to me before I knew God and after that call I became aware that mans ways are not God's ways .  To see things as God does is to learn a way that to me is like coming out into the Light after months of darkness.  It was like breathing fresh air after never really knowing what it was like because I lived in a stagnant box of life for ever.  
Japanese Gardens in Portland Oregon ©salzano

But even tho the google search says that Japan and others  set the seven day week I disagree.  For God was the one who set the number of days in a week because HE CREATED in that seven days. 

What search said:
Why do we have seven days in a week?
It was associated with the seven heavenly bodies; the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. For this reason, some believe, marking rituals every seventh-day became important. A seven-day week based on these same celestial bodies was adopted as far away as Japan and ancient China.

"some believe?  Well God said and it was so.  seven days of creation
Read this creation story from Genesis:


The Creation of the World
Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:6  And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Gen 1:7  And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Gen 1:9  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13  And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Gen 1:14  And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18  And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Gen 1:20  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22  And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23  And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Gen 1:24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25  And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Gen 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

©salzano

Oh but were is day seven you ask?

"Quiet times to ponder God's love " ©salzano

The Seventh Day, God Rests
Gen 2:1  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

And if you have read this entire post is my message for this friday.  It is a day to prepare for tomorrow where we remember that all six days are for man/woman to work and create and do.  But tomorrow , we call Saturday but God called simply the "seventh day"and it is for us.  Jesus said this day was FOR man not man for Seventh day.  In other words it was a blessing for us because God wanted one day out of seven for us to rest from our work just as Our Father in Heaven , and the Word ( who became Jesus Christ later) rested.  
A day to be with family, other believers, to be with God and quiet meditation on all His blessing and His work done for us!
Take time to rest in God.    
©salzano   Charleston Oregon 


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