The Sabbath Day

The Sabbath is considered the most important of all, even more important than Yom Kippur or the other High Holidays for it is explicitly commanded by the LORD in the Ten Commandments.  Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday evening and ends Saturday night when three stars are visible in the sky. On the Sabbath we are to remember that Yahweh created the world and then rested from His labors as we are told "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" Genesis 2:2&3
Let's pray.

Dear Lord,
We now know that Your Ten Commandments are the expression of Your will for each one of us. Therefore, please enlighten us by the presence of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may better understand the content of Your perfect Law, and that we may have the power we need to keep it. In Yeshua The Messiah's name we pray, Amen.

Sabbath is a noun which means the seventh day of the week, Saturday, observed as the day of rest and worship by Believers in Yeshua The Messiah and His Father Yahweh who made the ten commandment. It is also the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments. Sabbath is primarily a day of rest and spiritual enrichment. Sabbath keeping is far more important than most people even begin to realize! It has everything to do with whether or not you really “know” the true Yahweh, the Creator of the earth, air, seas and all that is in them. Scripture tells us to Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

What we truly need to remember is that “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].” Isaiah 58:13&14

Let's move to the book of John and see what is said about a true worshiper of Yahweh. John 4:23&24 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. And "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Revelation 14:6:7 Try this one. Look up the Seventh-Day in a dictionary and you will find that it says Saturday the Sabbath. Please note that many of the most recent editions of popular dictionaries have adjusted their definitions to hide this fact that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy Yahweh. This is found in  Exodus 20:10 "But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:" We also can find it in the new testament in  Mark 1:21"And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught."

The Sabbath is not the first day of the week (Sunday), as many believe, but the seventh day (Saturday). You can check it out for yourself by reading,  Matthew 28:1 "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre." Notice from the scripture you just read that the Sabbath is the day that comes just before the first day of the week. We are commanded to remember Sabbath; but remembering means much more than merely not forgetting to observe Sabbath. It also means to remember the significance of the Sabbath, both as a commemoration of creation and as a commemoration of the Isialites freedom from slavery in Egypt. In Exodus 20:11, after Fourth Commandment is first instituted, Yahweh explains, "because for six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and on the seventh day, he rested; therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it." By resting on the seventh day and sanctifying it, we remember and acknowledge that Yahweh is the creator of heaven and earth and all living things. We also emulate the divine example, by refraining from work on the seventh day, as Yahweh did. If Yahweh's work can be set aside for a day of rest, I find it hard to believe that anyone could think that our own work is too important to set aside temporarily?

Some may wonder what the Exodus has to do with resting on the seventh day? I would have to say that it is all about freedom. You see for those in ancient times, leisure was confined to certain classes; slaves did not get days off. Thus, by resting on Sabbath, they were reminded that they were free. But in a more general sense, Sabbath frees us from our weekday concerns, from our deadlines and schedules and commitments. During the week, we are slaves to our jobs, to our creditors, to our need to provide for ourselves; on Sabbath, we are freed from these concerns, much as our ancestors were freed from slavery in Egypt.

Observe the Sabbath day to sanctify it Deuteronomy 5:12&12 " Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: "

Cooking,  cleaning, working in the field, sewing, plumbing, pumping gas, waiting on people,  building or destroying  houses or roads, accounting, teaching, there are just to many jobs to write them all down so to make this easy let’s say anything you do to make a living whether it is inside the home or out is not to be done on the Sabbath. You should also not buy or sell what should be weekday tasks that would interfere with the spirit of Sabbath.  We see in scripture that the Sabbath starts near Friday evening, and go until sunset Saturday. Since no work is to be done on the Sabbath everything from house cleaning to food preparation is done before sunset on Friday so there is food for Saturday. You will notice that scripture states that evening to morning are one day in Genesis 1:5 “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” From this, we conclude that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset. For the precise time when Sabbath begins and ends in your area you will have to check your calendar or just remember to stop working by sunset on Friday. The Sabbath ends at nightfall, when three stars are visible, approximately 40 minutes after sunset Saturday. The following verses are very important so read them carefully.

"Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 4:2. "Every word of God is pure. ... Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:5, 6.

Yahweh has specifically and positively forbidden men to change His law by deletions or additions. To tamper with Yahweh's holy law in any way is one of the most fearful and dangerous things a person can do. For Yahwhe's law is good and a blessing. "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12  "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25

Yeshua said "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:18-19

Let's thank the One who gives us so many blessings.

Dear Heavenly Father,
It is written in 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” This I must agree with. Your commandments are not burdensome . And among Your commandments, we find the observance of the seventh day as the day of rest, Your Holy Sabbath, Your day of rest. You even sent forth warning to man because You knew he would try and change it as many have done yet that warning is in Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." This is not a burden You want to put on our shoulders, but rather a privilege which You grant us. Indeed, You know better than anyone that we need the Sabbath to forget for a few hours the worries of this earth, giving us a foretaste of the wonderful world You have prepared for us. Please help us to keep Your Holy Sabbath as we should, in Yeshua’s precious name we ask and thank You, Amen.

Now to all that read this about the Sabbath I want you to understand that it does not mean that you cannot have church on Sunday all it means is that Saturday is the Lord’s day of rest and is the forth commandment and should be kept. We are to teach and talk about the Lord every day to all that will listen, however we are also to keep the Sabbath as directed by Yahweh almighty. Remember what the book of John said Yeshua told us. John 16:12-16 “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. 16 ¶A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

May the Lord bless and keep you all who gather unto the Lord as commanded.