"The Seventh Day of the Week," a movie with Christian themes, like the movie industry of today, is a box office hit. It has taken in more than three million tickets. The movie has been panned by both the critics and the viewers. Many Christians claim that it harbors satanic messages against traditional Christianity. Others are not so sure.
Seventh-day Adventists are different in only four points of belief from the mainstream Orthodox Church. Adventists live very modest lives, adhering to a very strict code of personal conduct. They do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages, and are recommended for a meat-free diet. Meats are allowed, but only after the Biblical commands on unclean and clean food.
In an interesting scene in the movie, a boy named Ben (Coby De Leon) goes back to Sunday school with his mother after spending the summer with his friends. While there, he overhears a discussion between a group of boys who are practicing Sabbath observance, and a boy named Methuselah. While Methuselah is questioning the motives of his classmates for observing the seventh day of the week, Ben sneaks out to visit his grandmother, a convert to Orthodox Judaism. The boy relates his experience to his mother, who in turn tells him about the story of Methuselah.
The movie reveals that Methuselah had six sons, and all of them except for one had gone on to live typical Jewish lives. His wife, Sarah, bore him six daughters. He married Laban, a woman of power and distinction in Israel, and fathered Zebron (or Zebrowitz) and Ruth, two of the mothers of Jesus. The seventh son, Menelaus, became a convert to Christianity and married Sapphira, another of the wives of Jesus. When his wife died, he married Anna, the daughter of Onesimus, a pagan leader of Cyprus.
The plot of the movie revolves around Ben's conversion to Orthodox Judaism, and the subsequent conversion of his beloved wife into a Jew. His younger half-brother, Zebrowitz, is also gaining adherents in his effort to convert to Judaism. Ben's conversion is portrayed from his viewpoint, so we are treated throughout the movie to his point of view. It is interesting that the seventh day of the week is the only time the entire family is together, so they each spend a day together on the seventh day of the week.
This movie glosses over the actual history of the seventh day of the week, but it makes interesting reading because it illustrates how important the seventh day is in both ancient and modern times. People generally recognize the seventh day of the week as the start of Passover, but in fact it predates that celebration by hundreds of years. Seven days before the start of the Jewish calendar, according to the Bible, Jesus performed a miracle in which he was able to restore the life of a woman named Sarah. In order to celebrate her release from slavery, she and her husband offered their slave maid as a wife to her master. The slave and her master spent the next seven days in happiness and celebration of God's provision for them.