I have been studying about honoring and remember the Sabbath day of rest. I want to share some things with you today about this subject.
Most of us believe that if we go to church on Sunday we have observed the day of Sabbath. But have we really?
The Sabbath is not about church alone, it is about remembering God and His blessings and all he has done for us, it is a time to celebrate his goodness.
In the Jewish calendar Sabbath begins on Friday at sunset and goes until Saturday at sunset. They have a big feast and speak blessings over the family that are gathered and feast together – celebrating God and who he is in their lives.
It is a time of rest – a time of coming away from work and all the things that keep us busy throughout the week. Additionally, besides ceasing from work there is something else we are not to do on the Sabbath…bear any burdens. It is a day to cease from the labor of being concerned about things in our life, it is a day to remember that God is still on the throne, you are still in covenant with him and he is diligently working on your behalf.
I also believe it is one of the vital things missing from many of our lives. It is one of the ten commandments – but it isn’t a law – it is something God calls holy and set apart – it is something that God says will not cease – if God says this then should we not observe it as best we can? I think so.
Exodus 20 tells us to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Exodus 20 also tells us that God has blessed the Sabbath – that means that he has empowered it to prosper. Therefore those who choose to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy will begin to see a level of prosperity in their life they have never seen before.
Now, I will admit, when I first started studying this, I didn’t think it was something I would logically be able to do each week. However the more I study it, the more I see the power and blessing in this one thing – the more my eyes are being opened to it.
God wanted us to take the time to set ONE day aside and bless, literally speak a spoken blessing over each of our children and loved ones. God wanted us to take ONE day aside and remember him and all he has done in our life. God wanted us to take ONE day aside and enjoy the blessings he has put in our life. God wanted us to take ONE day and REST. One day. And that one day is empowered to prosper. That one day is set apart and blessed by God. If all this is true, and it is in the Bible, why would we miss that one day of empowerment? I can’t think of a good reason.
Yet, we often feel we don’t have one day to set aside. I know I feel that way most weeks, however, or nevertheless at his word, because it is in his word, I will do it.
Friends, I don’t know about you but I have been asking God to show me how to get out of a cycle that is not filled with blessings and get into HIS cycle that I know is filled with blessings and this is the first thing he has shown me. If I want his blessings I need to do whatever he shows me to do.
With all that being said, I am not Jewish and I am not trying to be. But I do belong to God, I am grafted in the Vine and if the Vine says remember the Sabbath and keep it holy – then I will, in whatever way God leads me to.
I am not saying this is for you, maybe it is not, perhaps it is just for me. However I had to share because it opened my eyes a great deal to some of the appointed times of blessing that I may be missing – and I don’t want to miss anything that pertains to God.
Have a blessed beyond measure week.