(Ex. 16:22) Why does the Sabbath come up at this point in the Exodus?

CLAIM: Why didn’t God wait until he brought them into the Promised Land before he initiated the Sabbath?

RESPONSE: The Egyptians used a ten day week. The Jews probably were not familiar with a seven day week. Therefore, once God pulled them out of Egypt, he was trying to reprogram them to his view of the world. In other words, God was saying, “Let me put you into the world that I created.”