Here is an interesting article by Phill Dunagan of the Western Region Church of God. I thought he made an excellent case that showed Sabbath Keeping before the flood. In order to find more support for that I went to Don Roth’s Calendar Generator to determine based on the 7 day weekly cycle, what day was the 17th day of the second month as mentioned as the day the rains began and the day that Mr. Dunagan showed was likely a Sabbath day and sure enough it turns out that based on the weekly cycle of days it was indeed a Sabbath Day a 7th day in the weekly cycle, computed from the first weekly cycle of creation.
Interestingly enough Mr. Roth’s calendar is in perfect agreement with the calculated Hebrew Calendar through out history. Even with it’s postponements etc. That in itself is absolutely amazing to me.
Here is the article below:
PROOF THAT NOAH OBSERVED THE SABBATH!
We read in Genesis 2:1- “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
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.
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.”
There are some who maintain there is no proof that the seventh day Sabbath was ever observed until Israel began keeping it at Mount Sinai in Exodus 16. This was one of the arguments used by some theologians to turn members away from their Sabbath observance during the 1990’s. That really is an incredible assertion since Christ tells us in Mark 2:27-28- “And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man. and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord therefore of the Sabbath.” One of the chief benefits the Sabbath gives man is rest. Man was not intended to work nonstop seven days a week. Stop to ask yourself, why would a loving God create the Sabbath for man’s benefit and then not instruct him to keep it? It just would make no sense at all. Would a loving mother for example , make a set of mittens for a child to wear when it was cold and then tell the child there was no reason to them ever wear them? It is unthinkable and irrational!
Furthermore we read in Exodus 20:8, when the Commandments were codified and etched into two tablets of stone by God’s finger, “REMEMBER the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. If you remember anything, you have to recall something that has already existed. Obviously the Sabbath had existed and been practiced from the beginning of God’s Creation. They had the greatest instructor in the universe, God Himself, to show them how to do so. This knowledge was passed down from generation to generation.
Yet some will maintain there are no scriptures that describe man ever keeping the Sabbath Day before Mount Sinai. They seem to believe the absence of any accounts of individuals keeping the Sabbath in that early time period, as a proof it was never kept. But I am going to show you there are some subtle proofs that the Sabbath was kept before Mount Sinai. The proofs don’t jump out of the text, but they are there, like nuggets of truth, just waiting to be dug out.
NOAH KEPT SABBATH FIRST DAY ON THE ARK
Let us look at one in particular that you will find in the King James Bible at the time of Noah and the flood. Let read now very carefully the account when Noah loaded up the ark in Genesis Chapter 7.
Genesis 7:1- “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation.
2- Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of the beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
3- Of fowls of the air by seven, the male and the female: to keep seed alive upon the face of the earth.
4- FOR YET SEVEN DAYS, And I will cause it rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. (Adam Clarke in his commentary states, “God spoke these words probably on the seventh or Sabbath Day”-)
5- And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.
6- And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood waters were upon the earth.
7- And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’s wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8- Of clean beasts, and of the beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth.
9- There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass AFTER SEVEN DAYS, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11- In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month,THE SAME DAY were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
12- And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”
Now here is an important insight to understand. Notice the words in verse 10 that I have underlined. The King James translators have an alternate rendering (printed in the center column reference) from the Hebrew which they read as “ON THE SEVENTH DAY.” Adam Clarke’s Commentary and the renowned Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary give this alternate meaning of the Hebrew as well. If you have a King James Bible with a center column reference, I would encourage you to circle the reference “Or on the seventh day”. Either that, or make a side reference beside verse 10 with that reading. In other words, it was ON the Seventh day that it began raining and the springs of the deep were opened. Now this gives us an insightful proof that Noah kept the Sabbath! Let’s examine closely the account and scenario we have find record here in Genesis 7.