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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Expect (07/11/13)

TITLE: A Week's Worth of Expectations
By Ernest Yoder


A Week’s Worth of Expectations

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Ex 20:11 (NIV)

Do you enjoy the privilege of work? Is the weekend your forte and Sunday a respite? For the average person these are and should be the normal expectations. We can thank God for them.

Often expectations are built on routine. Even before we have the capacity to comprehend it we become creatures of an ordered schedule. As babies we are encouraged to sleep at night with regular nap times, meals, and play at other times. At least that is what mother and father prefer. Over time we grow into regularly scheduled activities that involve education and then eventually work, Monday through Friday with weekends off and Sunday as a day of rest. Of course some occupations require exceptions to this general rule like in the medical professions. The point is the seven day week exerts its influence on our day to day plans and activities. The time frame that is known as the week has so very much to do with what we expect to experience in our lives.

This is not saying that monthly or even annual routines do not have their influences. It is obvious they do. But these two divisions of time are not unique as is the seven day week. The month and year are based on the moon’s and earth’s respective orbits around the earth and sun. There is no such natural reason for the week. But there is a reason.

The Bible tells us God created the universe and all its contents in six days and rested the on the seventh day. I can think of no source from which we are endowed with a seven day mentality and routine of activity other than God’s timetable during creation week. Is there any place on earth, has there been any time on earth where or when the seven day routine has not been regularly observed? Historical research states, “There is no record of the 7-day week cycle ever having been broken.” (Douma, Michael, curator. Calendars through the Ages, 2008. Institute for Dynamic Educational Development. www.webexhibits.org/calendars) The weekly structure seems to be cemented in the human psyche. The week to week routines have changed over the years and vary with culture. But the international (often unwitting) recognition of the weekly cycle of seven days with all its incumbent day to day expectations is a wonderful testament to the seven day creation week of God and is further evidence that we indeed are created in His image.

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Colin Swann07/20/13
Thank you for sharing your enlightening article. Got me thinking!
Joanne Sher 07/22/13
I've often wondered about the week just as you have discussed it. I really enjoyed this piece. Thanks so much!
Tracy Nunes 07/22/13
The title made me want to read this and it's very thought provoking. Great job!
CD (Camille) Swanson 07/23/13
You did a good job with allowing the reader to take notice and think. Always two good things to do! Nicely written.


God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/24/13
I enjoyed this. You did a nice job of presenting it and backing it up. I also think you nailed the topic in a fun and creative way.