Have you ever stopped to ponder what a glorious gift we were given when Elohim gave us a Sabbath rest? We live in a crazy, fast-paced, technological world. We are pummeled and bombarded by people and companies telling us what we need to make our life better, our bodies better. We think money and/or success will make us happy and content. We think we know better than YHWH what we need, but, from the beginning of time, He knew exactly what we would need. Rest!!
As modern-day Christians, it has been pounded into your heads that we do not have to keep the Sabbath, that our day of worship is Sunday and that we can take comfort in the fact that Yashua is our Sabbath rest and pretty much do as we please. But, why? Why do we push against the idea of keeping a day special that YHWH said was special from the very beginning and that Yashua Himself observed? What frightens us about it? What are we afraid we're going to lose? Have we ever thought about what we might gain?
What would a day of rest and relaxation gain for you? What would a day of time spent focused on YHWH, family, and friends gain for you? What would a day off from working your body gain for you?
- Blessing! YHWH bless obedience and He promises that throughout Scripture.
- Focus! A renewed focus on Him! Who He is, His character, His love and great mercy, His grace, and on and on.
- Perspective! What is really important in this world? What can we take with us when we leave this world?
- Joy! For me, nothing brings greater joy than time with Elohim, time with my family, and time with my dear friends.
Isaiah 56:2 (ESV)
2 Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil."
Isaiah 56:6-7 (ESV)
6 "And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant—
7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
Isaiah 58:13-14 (ESV)
13 "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;
14 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."
I'm so very thankful for the grace and mercy Elohim pours out on me and that our journey with Him is a step by step thing. YHWH, grant me wisdom, that I may be obedient!