'There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.'
- Hebrews 4:9-10
We read a lot about keeping the sabbath in the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament). Especially in Exodus, so I guessed if God talked so much about it, He must be really serious about it. In fact, God was so serious that He said the following to Moses:
'You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord . Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. ' - Exodus 31:14-15
Of course you will not be put to death if you do not keep the sabbath or be punished for not keeping the Sabbath, but I truly believe it does please Abba Father greatly if His children are obedient to Him and did take that one day in the week to spend time in His rest and to truly thank Him for the week that is finished. Enjoy time in His presence and rest, because He wants this for His children, and He has given this day especially for us.
'And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.' - Genesis 2:2-3
Of course, I do understand that many people simply cannot take that one day of rest, because of their busy and demanding lifestyles or simply many people have to work 7 days a week just to put food on the table and to provide for their families.
In today’s hectic and busy lifestyles, I do believe that the Sabbath is an absolute blessing and a privilege if it can be observed and celebrated because I do acknowledge many would love to have that one day of rest, but simply can’t.
In my journey with Abba Father, I did see how much satan attacked the Word of God and especially the scriptures of the old testament.
I have listened to a sermon of Pastor David Pawson once and he said that satan attacked the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelation the most of all the other books in the Bible, because it tells of who satan really is. It tells about his beginning and most of all, his end. Praise the Lord to that one!
But to come to the point, we read about God’s feats in the old testament and let me tell you it is so beautiful, but such a big shame that there are so many of His children that do not even know about His feasts and do not observe or celebrate it. The Sabbath is only one of them.
"The feasts and the Sabbath were instituted by Abba Father himself and nowhere in the Bible is there any instruction that its celebration has ceased. Every person who follows Yeshua and being called a child of God is supposed to observe Abba Father's feasts and HIS Sabbath. Yeshua Himself said that He is the Lord of the Sabbath." - Chris v Niekerk
'For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”' - Matthew 12:8
Did you actually know that Constantine the Great, the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, remained a committed sun worshiper?
Even though he recognized Christianity in 321 AD, he also officially declared Sunday as the day of rest and by doing so he forever changed the Sabbath worship from Saturday to Sunday for most of Christianity. The interesting fact also is that Sunday in Latin is ‘dies Solis’, meaning day of the sun.
The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to cease or abstain.
So, My Husband and I made it a truly special day, by submitting it to Abba Father and just spending time with Him. Not allowing anything to distract us from His day. We take the time to cook a beautiful meal together, maybe something we never cooked before and wanted to for a long time. We will listen and dance to beautiful Christian music and before our meal, we will have communion or the covenantal meal:
'And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”' - Luke 22:19
This is not something (communion) to do just once every couple of months in the church as most of us are taught, but we can have it whenever and wherever we like. It is an intimate moment with Yeshua and a beautiful remembrance of what He has done for us.
There really is no specific way to celebrate Shabbat. Abba Father knows your heart and it is just something special between you and Him. Acknowledging that it is still His day.
The Sabbath became not only a day of rest but a convocation to the Lord as well.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ please do not celebrate it the way the Jews celebrate it, because it is Judaism and not Christian.
Unfortunately, burdensome restrictions and heavy requirements eventually grew up around its observance. The day that was set apart for rest, renewal, and worship became a day filled with rules and tradition of many things that was never commanded or expected from Abba Father. Judaism has added many things unto the sabbath day observance which is not in the Torah nor anywhere else in the Word of God. Jesus attempted to restore the purpose of the Sabbath in Matthew 12; Mark 2 and Luke 6.
He declared God’s intention for the Sabbath by pointing out that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
'And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. ' - Mark 2:27
Jesus Christ came for relationship and intimacy NOT religion and traditions of men.
Let us acknowledge that Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Old Testament and not to abolish it. Also, let us not add or take anything from the Word of God to suit our own selfish ways and lifestyles:
'You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. ' - Deuteronomy 4:2
'For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.' - Revelation 22:18-19
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath day.
'It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings,
On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound.
For You, Lord , have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands. O Lord , how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know,
Nor does a fool understand this.
When the wicked spring up like grass,
And when all the workers of iniquity flourish,
It is that they may be destroyed forever.
But You, Lord , are on high forevermore.
For behold, Your enemies, O Lord ,
For behold, Your enemies shall perish;
All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox;
I have been anointed with fresh oil.
My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies;
My ears hear my desire on the wicked Who rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.'
May you be blessed in abundance,