Shabbat

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Introduction

Shabbat, as you probably have already surmised, is the Hebrew word for what most Christians commonly know as the Sabbath.

The practice began with God's command to the children of Israel when they were in the wilderness after being delivered from their bondage of slavery in Egypt. It is at this time that God provides them with the bread from heaven (Manna/Picture of Jesus our bread from heaven) He commands them to gather for 6 days but the 7th day they are not to gather in observance of the command to rest.

Later it was given as a commandment for the purpose of remembering their slavery, deliverance, and more importantly their deliverer. This might also be a picture of what a Shabbat should mean to us in remembering our bondage to sin, Jesus our deliverer, and the rest we find in Him.

In this article I would like to look at the purpose, principle and practical application of the Shabbat based on the spiritual insight of its observance as shown in the Scriptures and the Hebrew letters of the word itself.

One of the most surprising points to some is that the Shabbat was made for man.

The Sabbath was made for man ~ Mark 2:27

It is actually a gift.

For the LORD has given you the Sabbath ~ Exodus 16:29

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"In the long run, man can do more work, and do it better, in six days of a week, than he can in seven; and unless a man worships God at stated times, he is not likely to worship Him at all." ~ H. Clay Trumble "The Ten Commandments As A Covenant of Love"

Purpose and Benefit of the Sabbath

Many times we might be tempted to think that we are doing God a favor by attending church or abstaining from usual activity on a day we set aside to do so but quite the opposite is true. Although it may honor Him that we do so It is us who really benefits from this observance physically and spiritually. Our body, soul, and spirit have need of it.

Jesus did many healings on the Shabbat which connects with the healing and restoration there is in rest itself.

Could it be that our minds and bodies were not designed to function at break neck speed, non stop, 7 days a week? God has placed within us a need for rest which is a picture of a spiritual reality we will look at later

“ If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.” ~ Isaiah 58:13-14

This verse also shows that when we Shabbat we are also giving honor to God by not doing things our own way nor serving our own agendas. True rest can only be found in honoring God and doing things His way.

In the Shabbat we reverence God's sanctuary...us. we are not only a created being we were fashioned for His presence.

You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary ~ Leviticus 26:2

...God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. ~ I Corinthians 3:17

Creation and the Creator are major themes in both ancient and modern Jewish Shabbat observances. Creation is always declaring who He is. We would do well to "stop and smell the flowers" and learn of Who He is and what He is saying in all that He has made.

His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made ~ Romans 1:20

Gesenius' defines the word Shabbat as to rest, and cease from work

...he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. ~ Hebrews 4:10

to sit and be still,

Be still, and know that I am God ~ Psalm 46:10

to abstain from journeying (trying to get ahead),

Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord ~ Exodus 14:13

cease and desist (military term relating to laying down arms)

...the battle is not yours, but God’s II Chronicles 20:15

end to striving (*parenthesis mine)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God ~ Philippians 4:6

From the above definitions and scriptural references we can see that the Shabbat was and is intended to get us to cease from our own works and know that He is God. To also understand that our salvation comes from Him alone. That we might rest from our striving to get ahead and warring and wrestling with how to make this thing called life work out for our personal benefit. To rest our hope in faith in the one who created all things.

The Hebrew Word Pictograph שבת gives us a more specific and detailed description of what that looks like in terms of purpose and practice.

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Sheen - Digest What God Has Done

The first letter of Shabbat is a sheen and is thought to be a picture of teeth and conceptualizes the idea of breaking down something and putting it back together in another form as we might picture the digestive process as doing. Our bodies chew food and break it down into digestable peices that so our bodies can utilize the nutrients contained in the food. Remember the manna representing the Word of God that came down from heaven and was eaten, was the first mention of setting aside a day of rest. God was giving us a visual of His intentions for Shabbat.

Many Hebrew words translated as meditate, calculate, consider, insight and understanding all begin with the letter sheen. We might "consider" that one of the main purposes of the Shabbat is to "sit still" and take the time to meditate, calculate, and consider in order to gain deeper insight and understanding of God Himself His will and His ways that we might break down and digest the things of God (His Word/Manna) in a way that nourishes and edifies our spiritual lives.

In her book "Matters of the Heart" Juanita Bynum discusses how our brain has different wave cycles for different purposes. Faster cycles of brain waves are used during the intensities and stresses of life which most of us live in on a daily basis and where much of the deeper things of life are missed. We are getting stuff done! I think of being in a fast moving vehicle in which I am unable to capture nor appreciate the details of the landscape. I see it from a distance but not meaningfully. Much of it is just a blur.

The slower brain waves occur when we slow down and allow ourselves to think and meditate and are able to thoughtfully listen. This is where we can hear God's voice. This is where we see things we didn't see before.

...and after the fire a still small voice
...and after the fire a still small voice

...a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice ~ I Kings 19:11-12

God's voice is not always distinguishable in the noisiness and business of life. The Shabbat is away to pull away from all the clutter, distractions and noise so we can hear His still small voice.

The meditative process gives us that opportunity to really "sink our teeth" into the purposes, powers, and principles of the creator of the universe.

I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways ~ Psalm 119:15

The first example of a Shabbat is given by God Himself in the second chapter of Genesis. I don't think that God required rest but as a good Father of His creation He set the example that would figuratively and prophetically look forward to a necessary spiritual rest.

...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

In following our creators example in resting one out of 7 days we might want to reflect as He did on all the goodness of God as evidenced by and in all that He has created and remind ourselves that everything we are laying down and putting aside to do this is in His hands and it is He who works in our lives to bring us success and solutions and not ourselves.

Know that the LORD, He is God;It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;We are His people and the sheep of His pasture ~ Psalm 100:3

May we stop long enough to consider that in all of our striving, energy, and toil given to life's problems and pains cannot compare to what our great God who created all things can do for us.

"‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You" ~ Jeremiah 32:17

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Bet ~ Abide

The middle letter (the heart) of the word for Shabbat is bet and is a picture of a house. It communicates the concept of dwelling and abiding. I can't help but connect the idea of the meditative process leading us into His very presence. John chapter 15 speaks of His Words abiding or taking up residence in us.

Trust is also attached to the symbolism of this letter. Is it possible that setting aside time with God meditating on Him and dwelling in His presence ushers into a deeper trust of Him.

Bet shows us that abiding is a necessary element of Shabbat. Apart from Him we can accomplish nothing of eternal value.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me...for without Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15

Another concept associated with this particular pictograph of bet is that of image and reflection. As we spend time in His presence beholding Him we become like Him.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~ II Corinthians 3:18

If all we ever give ourselves and time to are the things of this world and all that it worships that is what we will become like. We become what we worship, spend the most time with and give the most attention to, and look at most intently.

Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands...Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them. ~ Psalm 115:4

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Tav - Sign of the Covenant

The final letter (foundation) of this word is a tav It is actually a picture of cross indicating a sign or a covenant. How fascinating considering a cross for punishment had not yet been invented at the time the Hebrew Aleph Bet was being used during this point in history.

One of the biggest things we miss in understanding the concepts and terms of relationship with God is the concept of covenant. The entire contents of the Word of God is the revealing of God's covenant relationship with man.

Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever ~ Exodus 30:16-17

If we turn back to Genesis chapter 2 in the first example of Shabbat when God rested we see that it was when everything was finished.

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished ~ Genesis 2:1

Where else have we heard the phrase "It is finished"? Is it possible that God's resting in His finished work was a prophetic looking forward to the work that Christ would do on the cross in covenanting with God on behalf of us that we might find our rest in His finished work on the cross.

the works were finished from the foundation of the world ~ Hebrews 4

Another thought that follows this theme is that the first two letters of the word for Shabbat spell an abbreviated form of the Hebrew word for "return" if we combine the word return (sheen and bet) with the final letter tav we could read it as "return to the covenant" Isn't that what the cross of Christ was all about returning to the covenant, through the forgiveness of sins?

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; ~ I Peter 1:13

In taking the time to meditate on Him, abide in Him may the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the restoration of the covenant through Him give us rest and hope.

Notice the sheep tagged identifying that it belongs to someone
Notice the sheep tagged identifying that it belongs to someone | Source

Tav and the concept of covenant also have to do with ownership.

"...you are not your own. You were bought at a price..." ~ I Corinthians 6:19-20

A Shabbat is like a tithe on time. When we tithe our money we see at as acknowledging that it all belongs to God and it gives him that place of Lord of all that we have.

Time is even more precious than money however in that you can never get time back. When we give God our time we are giving Him our most precious commodity in this natural world and acknowledging that we truly belong to Him and we give Him that rightful place of Lord over all of our being, time, and existence. In studying the verses about Shabbat I see that "I am the Lord" is frequently accompanied with the command to observe the Shabbat. By observing the Shabbat we give Him is rightful place as Lord.

I conclude with and excerpt from Psalm 23 depicting what a Shabbat might look like.

"The troubled surface of a lake will not reflect an object clearly. Wind blowing over land will keep dew from settling on the grass. Even so, the image of God is seen the clearest when we are at rest in HIm, and the refreshing of His Spirit settles on us when we quiet our souls before Him." ~ Roy Lessin

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; ~ Psalm 23

A few more side notes:

Many have thought that the Shabbat or Sabbath is for the Jewish people only yet we find that the Shabbat is one of the Ten Commandments which we consider to be applied to all people.

"Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" ~ Deuteronomy 5:1

It is something God expects us to do along with worshiping only Him, obeying parents, not murdering, stealing, lying, committing adultery, or envying our neighbor. We are not saved by the obeying of this law for that is what Jesus did for us in that we could not do for ourselves but we are now free to obey this law for the glory of God and our own benefit.

There are many arguments as to what day is the Shabbat, either Saturday or Sunday, to which I have found no suitable answer. It is my understanding that the Hebrew calendar was based on moon cycles which was why the days of the week were numbered and not named.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years ~ Genesis 1:14

Each new moon would have been the beginning of a new cycle and the days of the week would have been counted from there which would cause modern calculations of the Shabbat to fall on random days of our modern Gregorian calendar. This makes arguing about "Saturday" and "Sunday" a pointless debate to me and not the purpose of this article. I personally choose a day of the week that seems to work best and set aside for the study of His word, prayer, and rest.

© 2012 Tamarajo

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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Tamarajo: Indeed the Sabbath or Shabbat is a gift from Almighty God for it give us not just a day for healing physically but also emotionally and spiritually. It allows us time special time to remember our creator and communicate with Him our love and appreciation.

Thank you for this great hub.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Amen Dave your comment sums up the article well. I liked your additions of emotional and spiritual healing as well that is so true.

He is so worth every moment of time that we have.

Blessed by your visit and comment.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

I tend to think that everything we do is to be done for God's glory, and it is, but I'm glad you pointed out that we are the ones who benefit from keeping the Sabbath. Interesting point and thanks.


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Timlove 4 years ago from upstate New York

Tamarajo excellent job on this hub you have a gift of taking meat of the word and making it understandable to a new beleiver and still not lose any of the profound for the spiritually grown believer. Honoring Gods sabbath rest will radically change our walk with the lord. And equaly as important is honoring the feasts Honoring the feasts will give us (his body) a deeper understanding of Gods eternal purpose.for his people.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Lifegate agreed! everything we do everyday ought to be done for God's glory which is what I think is one of the valuable things in a Sabbath because we tend to get busy with living and forget. Then pretty soon we are about our own agendas and not his. It is interesting that in God's command He said "Remember" the Sabbath day... a once a week God day seems to give us a reset to remember that this is what we are to be focused on all the other days of the week.

Thank you for the insight and comment. Blessed by your visit.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Timlove, I so enjoy the spiritual lessons in the feasts as well. They speak so much more of salvation through Yeshua and the concepts of covenant than any of our cultural celebrations. I have not come to celebrate them all other than attending a "Feast of Tabernacles" celebration in which I learned so much, but I study them at intently.

I agree that without a Sabbath we become more prone to be a victim of the "Big Machine" by being productive in earthly things but accomplishing nothing eternally because our focus isn't on Him its on our own accomplishments.

Thank you very much for your visit and your complimentary comment. I'm always so enamored with the depths of His Word, Wisdom, and His ways and always hoping that others will be too.


VOICE CIW 4 years ago

God bless you, Sister Tamarajo, this hub is beautiful. Only you can write an article like this, expaining it so explicitly, God has truly given you a gift. I know what the Sabbath is, but thank you for this hub, because you explained the Sabbath in such a way I never realized. God bless you again, and my prayers are with you concerning your family. Keep on living for the Lord and writing these anointed writings, God sees your need, He will bless you and all those that belong to you. My prayers are with you, stay blessed of the Lord.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Voice,

The studying for this hub gave me deeper insight too. My husband has actually been getting more serious about honoring God through a weekly sabbath rest. He is a busy guy with a lot on his plate as many in this day and time are and this was the inspiration for the study.

I am glad that it gave you some deeper insight and reflection on it as it did me too.

Blessed as always by your precious visit and encouraging comment.


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

So many families are devastated by workaholic fathers and in my experience the single mother's workaholism. The mothers I know of never stopped working and the kids got in trouble just to have them stop what they were doing and give them attention, even though the attention was negative. God knew that time away from our plans and schemes would give us pause to ponder about blessings instead of fulfilling lusts all the time. Fulfilling lust keeps us hungry and ungrateful. When I was a kid my whole town shut down on Saturday and Sunday. Nothing moved and everyone was home or enjoying their family on planned events. Then over the years things changed because the Last days are upon us. Nothing much closes these days, no slow downs to say that there is anything important to do other than make money and serve yourself. I know that the Sabbath was made for Israel but we are grafted in and to deny its function is to deny what is directed by God Himself. Now I'm not sure that Friday/Saturday is the mandate for all, but observance without fail is. These first few years of retirement are clean-up years for me. I want to finish well and perhaps Fri/Sat is better. I will pray on that. I love you sister and I so appreciate the oneness of the body. Someday we will have long conversations in heaven and I will still be treasuring our friendship in a million years. Your brother, Bob.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Your Hub is flat-out awesome. One of the best I have ever read. It is needful and timely. It is wonderfully written. It is Spirit-breathed.

As you said so well, "Many times we might be tempted to think that we are doing God a favor by attending church or abstaining from usual activity on a day we set aside to do so but quite the opposite is true. Although it may honor Him that we do so It is us who really benefits from this observance physically and spiritually. Our body, soul, and spirit have need of it."

I learned this from my Seventh Day Adventist friends. It is so true.

You wrote, "How fascinating considering a cross for punishment had not yet been invented at the time the Hebrew Aleph Bet was being used."

Isn't it though?

And I love this: "A Shabbat is like a tithe on time. When we tithe our money we see at as acknowledging that it all belongs to God and it gives him that place of Lord of all that we have.

Time is even more precious than money however in that you can never get time back. When we give God our time we are giving Him our most precious commodity in this natural world and acknowledging that we truly belong to Him and we give Him that rightful place of Lord over all of our being, time, and existence."

AMEN!!


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

Beautiful hub indeed which presents great reflections. Yes Sabbath is a wonderful gift of the Lord to His people. It is a time to rest from all our laborings and strivings and dwell richly in the presence of the Lord. It is also a great time to rededicate our lives to God after a week of struggles. Thank you for sharing these timeless thoughts here at Hubpages. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Bob. I remember too when the town shut down on Sunday. It is one thing I really admire about the Jewish culture as well that they all do it which makes observation much easier. Culturally we are so fragmented and diverse with how we observe much of anything. I struggle with it myself and at times find myself getting caught up in personal agendas of things "I" would like to get done. Which is why it is so important to do it because that is what we end up consuming ourselves with "I" if we don't.

I agree with your observations as well about workaholism and you make and excellent point that it eats away not only at our spiritual lives but our family lives as well. Gaining the world but losing those things that really matter God and family.

Thank you for your additional wisdom and insight on the matter. Always blessed by your visit.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

James, Glad to hear you enjoyed the hub.

Yes the Seventh Day Adventist have sincerely tapped into the blessings and benefits of setting aside a Sabbath Rest along with dietary things too. the "Blue Zone" (concept used to identify a demographic of the world where people live longer live) discovered that Seventh Day Adventist were among those groups of people with the highest concentration of centenarians.

In reference to the tav (sign of the cross) I was referring to the ancient pictograph aleph-bet and what it symbolized was used long before the cross as a tool of punishment was invented. Crucifixion began to be used about 300-400 bc by the Persians which was long after the use of Hebrew letters. Should have clarified that not meaning they weren't still using it.

The tithe idea I should actually credit to my husband it was his personal revelation in his struggle to honor one day a week before the Lord and it was in that quiet still place that he was able to hear it and understand it. I found it to be a great revelation too.

Blessed by your encouragement and visit.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Cristina. I like you how you said "A Wonderful gift to His people" A gift indeed it is and if we only looked at it like that. I was just thinking of the parable of the Great Banquet where the King invites all these people to His banquet but they made light of it and went their own ways one to his farm and another to his merchandise... That is what we many times do..make light of the tremendous eternal blessings set at table for us to busy ourselves with the lesser things of this worlds endeavors that will one day pass away.

Yes it is all about the richness dwelling, resting, and abiding in the presence of the Lord.

Blessed by your insight and visit.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

You sum it up very well yourself Tamarajo. "He is so worth every moment of time that we have." AMEN! Voted-Up on this Hub!!!! LOVE IT!


His daughter 4 years ago

Love it, Tamarajo! It is amazing how when we dig into God's word (using His language) treasures are found along with His intentions and meaning of what he says. I just love it! God bless!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

drpastorcarlotta, Yes He is worth every living breathing moment. I am glad you enjoyed the article.

Blessed as always by your vote, visit and encouraging comment.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

His Daughter, Glad you "loved" it. Yes and Amen His Word is layers and layers deep with hidden treasures abound. Nothing brings me greater joy than to discover one.

Thanks so much for stopping by and your supportive comment.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Tamarajo, EXCELLENT! Spiritfilled, enlightening, informative, instructive and marvelous! There is much spiritual food to treasure & digest here! Wonderful biblically sound exposition!

As you so well stated:”This verse also shows that when we Shabbat we are also giving honor to God by not doing things our own way nor serving our own agendas. True rest can only be found in honoring God and doing things His way.

In the Shabbat we reverence God's sanctuary...us. we are not only a created being we were fashioned for His presence.

You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary ~ Leviticus 26:2

...God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. ~ I Corinthians 3:17” Amen! & AMEN! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you DeBorrah, Encouraged by your comment today. There is always so much treasure in His Word I can hardly stand to do anything else sometimes. His truth so marvels me.

Yes it is so easy to get caught up in our own thing I think that having that weekly reminder resets us to the correct priorities of honoring God and understanding we were created for Him and His purpose and in fulfilling that we are always satisfied in the end.

Bless you so much for stopping by and leaving such an uplifting comment.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Tam Food for thought sister!! GOD is so awesome. He gives us gifts for our well being and happiness all the time.How one could deny His name is heartbreaking. I think of the world and how they truly believe Sunday is for football. They do not know of a Sabbath.

May GOD help us. I too sinner that I am, I am so grateful to the Lord for His gifts my precious sister. May God Bless you. Your words shine and I hope that many do come for the read because it is wonderful and a Blessed reminder of how GOD wants us to renew our minds and Spirits.

Well soon we will have the millennium to look forward too. We will be resting on the Sabbath(-; Love you sister. Keep preaching it girl.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Skye, Yes if only understood that His ways are truly for our benefit. I am still learning that. I too am grateful for His many precious gifts.

always glad to see you and encouraged by your always uplifting comments. Thanks for stopping by.


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

How my life has changed since He taught me to keep holy the Sabbath.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi ShalahChayilJOY, Thank you for testifying of the goodness of obeying His ways.

Thank you for your comment and visit.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

What a wonderful hub. You explained Shabbat so beautifully. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

toknowinfo, thank you for reading the article on Shabbat. I am glad you enjoyed it and thank your for commenting.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Tamarajo,

decided to do some catching up on hubs today and so glad I did.

This is a hub which is full of meat.

I do practice Shabbat, and it is as 'manna' to me. 24 hours sets aside to be with the Lord God Almighty and family when needed. Some of my greatest realisations/revelations/eipiphanies have been given to me during these times. God is faithful. And I so appreciated you explaining the different Hebraic letters that make up the word. Really beautiful. Thank you. Voted up, plus most of the others. God Bless you sister.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello shofarcall, Agreed that the best revelations seem to be obtained when we take the time to be still and quiet. I like that God designed the sabbath in a way that almost seems to be appointment like. We can intend to do many things but may never do them unless we consciously set aside the time to do so.

I also recall that God even required a sabbath for the land. When the children of Israel went into Babylonian captivity God told the children of Israel that if they did not keep the sabbaths they would be taken out of their land so the land could enjoy its sabbath rest. Sometimes I wonder if that isn't how it is with our bodies when we do not give it rest as God instructed as in going into the captivity of illness that forces us to rest.

Amen that God is faithful!!

Blessed to have you stop by.

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