I’m not sure why you got this impression. The two articles (Seed of the Serpent and Saturday in Scripture) are from sites that certainly do not promote the Christian Sunday!but they appear to me to be basically trying to justify the Christian Sunday being the "Sabbath", and attempting to state that because Saturday is named after the God Saturn, that therefore having the Sabbath on "Saturn's Day" is the same as having it on "the Lord's day".
The Sabbath depending, in Israel's nomadic period, upon the observation of the phases of the moon, it could not, according to this view, be a fixed day. When the Israelites settled in the land and became farmers, their new life would have made it desirable that the Sabbath should come at regular intervals, and the desired change would have been made all the more easily as they had abandoned the lunar religion. (Jewish Encyclopedia)
The fact that Israel at times worshipped either on Saturn’s day or later by a continuous weekly cycle is no evidence that the modern Saturn’s day (Saturday) is the Sabbath of Creation. Rather, the accumulation of scriptural and historical evidence supports the interpretation of this act of Israel as being one of gross apostasy and moral rebellion. It is not coincidence that the seventh-day of the modern planetary week, the day on which the majority of Sabbatarians worship, is none other than Saturn’s day. In fact, one Jewish scholar boasts that a continuous weekly cycle, divorced from the lunar cycle, is the Jews’ greatest contribution to modern civilization:
A continuous seven-day cycle that runs throughout history paying no attention whatsoever to the moon and its phases is a distinctively Jewish invention. 43 Moreover, the dissociation of the seven-day week from nature has been one of the most significant contributions of Judaism to civilization....it facilitated the establishment of what Lewis Mumford identified as “mechanical periodicity,” 44 thus essentially increasing the distance between human beings and nature. Quasi weeks 45 and weeks 46 actually represent two fundamentally distinct modes of temporal organization of human life, the former involving partial adaptation to nature, and the latter stressing total emancipation from it. The invention of the continuous week was therefore one of the most significant breakthroughs in human beings’ attempts to break away from being prisoners of nature and create a social world of their own. 47, 48 (Saturday in Scripture)
Many of those who believe that YHWH instituted a lunar-based Sabbath see it falling on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of each month.What day do the documents actually say is the Sabbath day? If it doesn't more or less coincide with our Saturn's day, where exactly does it fall?
The last few page summary of this second source is worth a read beginning on page 350. “The original character of the Hebrew Sabbath” http://books.google.com/books?id=pKpDAA ... &q&f=falseSummarizing we have the following: When the Hebrews settled in Palestine they adopted directly the Canannitish religious customs, including the Seventh Day. This was a lunar feast day, a joy day, a day in which ordinary work was laid aside for fear of offending the lunar god. This holy day together with the new moon was loosely observed simply from force of custom, till about B.C. 850, or a little later, when a command was given to the Hebrews to observe it, especially in plowing time and harvest time.
About a century later, we find another code containing a commandment to observe the Seventh Day all seasons. To the Hebrews the day at first was simply a rest day for the special benefit of the physical constitution. The command was merely advisory without any penalty connected with it.
In the reign of Josiah another law was promulgated, which presented a new motive for keeping the Sabbath. This law tries to secure obedience by making it a memorial of the deliverance of the Israelites from the Egyptians. It was then a memorial day.
After they were taken into Exile, Ezekiel stamps it as a “sign” between God and Israel, changing it into a sign day.
A century later they were to rest because God rested the Seventh Day after his creative work. It then took the nature of an example day, that is a day to follow the example of God. It is in this period that we find a fully developed sacred Seventh Day Sabbath. From this time on Judaism developed in the direction of legalism until it assumed the character of the Rabbinical Sabbath.
Chapter I, Pg 49 Scientific basis of Sabbath and Sunday“The Sacred Record tells us that the Sabbath commandment was given to the Hebrews by God through Moses, but this does not imply that it was the first time the Sabbatic idea entered the mind of man. It is easily conceivable how men of God might be divinely guided to establish institutions, for the advancement of his kingdom, which had been in existence long before. It can truly be said that God gave institutions and customs to the Hebrews that were long in vogue among surrounding peoples. So the fact that God gave to Moses a Sabbath does not intimate its primal origin then and there. The heathen Sabbath was observed centuries before the Hebrews had a beginning.”
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