Updated: Mar 4, 2021
The Sabbath is perhaps the most neglected blessing and commandment in the modern day Ekklesia ( Church ). Is that a shocking statement? I fully believe it is true. Let me tell you why:
The Sabbath is A GIFT from our Father to us to rest and enter into a sacred memory of His amazing creation! Just as He rested from His works on the 7th day- so we rest from ours. He gave it to us to bless us and it is truly amazing when we understand what it is.
What is the Sabbath?
The Sabbath Day begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. It is a day to rest from our works as The Lord did from His and it is a time to refocus on the important things of The Kingdom. To take a break from our busy lives and look forward to our eternal home.
The Sabbath is the 4th commandment out of the 10 Commandments Given to Moses! all of the other 9 commandments are still relevant, still important and any true believer can agree that they are basic universal Kingdom laws that we should all live by. Why would the 4th commandment be any different?
The Ten Commandments(Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6“You shall not murder.
7“You shall not commit adultery.
8“You shall not steal.
9“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10“You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
Can we agree that every single one of these commandments were taught by Yeshua and that all that love God will keep these commandments to the best of our ability? Absolutely- These are pillars of the law and the faith.
There is something incredibly special about the Sabbath: It precedes the Law of Moses. It was engraved in the very pillars of creation! It is beyond a commandment. It dates back to the very beginning of creation and the Lord set it apart as Holy and sanctified it:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
Genesis 2:1-3 ESV
Does the Sabbath Remain?
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”
Hebrews 4:9-11 ESV
Revelation 3:20 declares that The Lord is standing outside of His Church and knocking on the door. First, Why is he outside? This statement in itself is baffling. We need Him to be with us and we need to be with Him. I humbly submit to you that entering into His Shabbat is a key in dinning and dwelling with The Lord. Yeshua is Lord of the Sabbath and I want to meet with Him where He is. Of course He lives in us, but as we discovered from scripture there is something very special about the Shabbat and He specifically meets with us during this time.
Incredible Promises of blessing for Keeping and honoring the Sabbath:
““If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.””
Isaiah 58:13-14 ESV
We can see from the verse above that there is an amazing promise from the Lord and blessing that is imparted for honoring and keeping the Sabbath Holy!
I can bear witness to this amazing blessing as our family has seen first hand the favor of The Lord and His blessing upon our family, ministry and business as we began to honor and keep the Sabbath Holy several years ago. The Lord had begun to impress me during that time that this was very important to Him and I felt a strong prompting to truly understand Shabbat and what He desired for us to understand about it. When I began to study the scriptures in depth I realized that we had been misinformed about the Sabbath and were missing out on amazing blessings! When we started we began by not working on the Sabbath and almost immediately saw our tour company increase in favor and business! Technically we were working less, but The Lord brought favor and blessings and we could see a tangible reward.
it is the same concept when the Israelites were in the wilderness and they were commanded not to gather the manna on Sabbath but instead the Lord would provide a double portion on Friday so that they would have more than enough for the weekend.
We highly encourage you to step into this revelation and blessing. we don‘t do it for the reward, we do it because we love The Lord and we love what He loves. And He naturally rewards His Children and blesses us for living in His will. Yeshua said: If you love me you will obey my commandments... so we do our best to enter into His Sabbath Day Rest. His grace is sufficient for us!
May we all enter into His glorious rest!
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Be blessed in Yeshua’s Mighty Name!
- Gilad Rosinger
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