You created Adam and Eve, made them husband and wife, gave them a place to live, food, Adam a job, and more-or-less, made them Emperors of the Earth.
We celebrate the 4th of July as a remembrance of our independence from Britain, the birth of the United States. When you were done creating everything did You designate a certain day in remembrance?
“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” (Gen 2:2-3).
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Ex 20:8-11).
Note: According to our calendar, the first day of the week is Sunday, therefore, the Sabbath is Saturday.
The Bible is an intensely geographical book, telling the story of God’s redemptive work in human history. It’s revealed through the nation of Israel, the early church, and supremely in Jesus Christ. Specific geographical and cultural settings form the backdrop of this divine drama.
Geographic position often plays a crucial part in the history of any people. Cultural influences, military and economic alliances, and the political importance of a given people all are determined to some degree by geographical location.
Moreover, physical environment left a deep imprint on ancient societies since they were linked much more closely to the land than we are today.
Terrain determined the location of villages and cities as well as the roads that linked them. Climate, soil conditions, and availability of water affected agriculture, location of settlements, everyday diet, even religious beliefs.
The land provided the raw materials for household utensils, tools, weapons, houses, and other necessities of daily living.
Most of the biblical drama unfolded in the Ancient Near East. Today the modern states of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey occupy that area.
The Ancient Near East has been called the “Cradle of Civilization” because many important cultural and technological advances took place there.
James Breasted coined the phrase “Fertile Crescent” to describe a band of land where conditions favored the establishment of early agricultural Beyond the Sinai, south of the Fertile Crescent, lay Egypt.
Favored by nature with the Nile River and its abundant water, Egypt played a vital part in the Ancient Near East.
From about 3200 B.C., Egypt, like Mesopotamia, became a powerful center of civilization.
Historically, the cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia dominated the history of the Ancient Near East, at least until the campaigns of Alexander the Great (334-323 B.C.).
H.G. Wells, Pliny, and Herodotus all record that Mesopotamia and Egypt were the first favored lands.