Coke on Sunday

One of my housemates here at Spirituality House is a devout Catholic, Ren. Ren noted today that she was feeling rather hyper for two reasons. The first being that she had gotten about ten hours of sleep and the second being that because it is Sunday, she has had several Cokes. This perked me up for a moment.

“You’re drinking Coke because it’s Sunday?”

“Yes. I like Coke so I drink it on Sunday because Sunday is a celebratory day.”

We compared notes on this for a moment. The conversation wandered around to the nature of the Sabbath. I know for a fact that Christianity moved the Sabbath to Sunday to take advantage of already established pagan celebrations. Ren, however, offered a far more interesting backwards projection of an explanation.

The Sabbath in this case, is not being celebrated as the seventh day. On the contrary, she agrees with Judaism that Saturday is the seventh day. Instead, Sunday is being celebrated as the EIGHTH day! Why? Jesus rose from the dead on the eighth day. Why, I inquired, not just say that Jesus rose on the first day of the week and call Sunday the first day of the week. The number eight, for reasons I could not fathom, she explained is important. Why? She explained it me in terms of circumcision. Circumcision, entrance into the Jewish covenant, is conducted on the eighth day of a Jewish boy’s life. If Jesus’ died for everyone’s sins and in doing so created a new covenant, eight days is an important symbol because the Jewish covenant, that which is being superseded by this, also sees the eighth day as important.

You learn something new every day.

2 Responses to Coke on Sunday

  1. storbakken October 21, 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    Interesting post. Paul addressed the debate regarding the day of the Sabbath in his letter to the Romans.

    Paul wrote: “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5-6).

  2. Lauren October 24, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    Great segue between your last two posts! (Who knows 8? I know 8! 8 are the days of the Brit Milah!) (Hey… it’s not Tom Lehrer!)

    In the meantime I’ll convey the latest on the LJL adventure. Rabbi S was almost hijacked from the main topic of our conversation last evening. We were discussing Shabbat and addressing its significance to Israel as the Jewish homeland and anti-Semitism. Rabbi S gave an impassioned description of preferring to keep Jews in the role of “scapegoat” as opposed to transferring that role to Muslims in the wake of a newly horrifying terror attack, which he opined was the only way to prevent this traditional Jewish role. A “seeker” in the front row was horrified by the suggestion that Muslims were not currently to blame for all terrorist activity. Several of us pointed out (relatively calmly and obviously) that there was no Muslim monopoly on terrorism. Rabbi S even commented that there were unfortunately well-known Jewish terrorist groups. The seeker became more and more agitated with every statement of tolerance and pluralism, until Rabbi S ended the “discussion” by announcing that it was time for a break. The seeker did not return to our class after the break.

    There was no further discussion of the topic.