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The Sabbath

Updated on June 4, 2020
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Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.

Sabbath or Shabbat (שָׁבַת) in Hebrew Mosaic
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Introduction

The Sabbath is the fourth of ten commandments. It ranks above " Honoring your mother and father, you shall not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, or covet," yet as it concerns Christians, it is one of the most overlooked and discounted commands of all of them. This article will study the history of this observance and its importance for every believer.

We will look at the purpose, principle, and practical application of the Sabbath based on the spiritual insight of its observance, as shown in the Scriptures and the Hebrew letters of the word itself.

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Sabbath's Roots

The very first mention of the root word of Sabbath (שָׁבַת shâbath) appears in the second chapter of the Bible at the culmination of creation. It is used in connection with the seventh day and occurs twice at this juncture, along with three mentions of "the seventh day."

. . . on the seventh day, God ended His work which He had done, and He rested (שָׁבַת shâbath) 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 (שָׁבַת shâbath) from all His work which God had created and made

— Genesis 2:2,3

The Sabbath's observance on the seventh day of the week should always take us back to God's fulfillment of a creation/kingdom functioning successfully and satisfactorily under His Lordship.

. . . 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.

— Exodus 20:8-11

Creation and the Creator are significant themes in both ancient and modern Jewish Sabbath observances. Creation is always reminding us of who He is.

His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made.

— Romans 1:20

We would do well to "stop and smell the flowers" and hear what it is the created world has to say.

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?

— Job 12:7-10

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God Creator King

In the ancient near east, when a king took his "rest' or seat upon the throne, as did God on the seventh day, it symbolized the establishment of his kingdom. It meant that his enemies had been conquered, and the domain was now functional and operational.

The seventh-day rest and reign principle, depicted in this first mention, will be the template for the rest of the Sabbath commands for humankind to also partake of this divine event in submission to our great King, who has conquered all for us.

. . . he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

— Hebrews 4:10

Sabbath and the Exodus

The next recorded observance of the Sabbath and first mention, as it concerns God's command to humankind, occurs after God's newly created nation of people is brought out from Egypt by God's mighty "works."

. . . And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

— Deuteronomy 5:15

Two and a half months into their journey to the promised land, not long after the bitter waters complaint, the people become restless and begin to grumble about food.

If only we had died by the hand of Yahweh in the land of Egypt when we sat by the pots of meat when we ate bread until we were full, because you have brought us out to this desert to kill all of this assembly with hunger.”

— Exodus 16:3

There is no rest among them because there is no faith among them. They did not trust God or His promises for a land full of every nourishing sweet thing that they would ever want or need, expressed in terms of "milk and honey." They do not pray, nor do they even bother to seek God for His provision. They, instead, accuse Him and Moses of bringing them out to the desert to die.

So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.

— Exodus 3:8

It is at this time that God provides them with the bread from heaven that was called manna. This provision of manna bread will serve as a training tool in practicing their faith in Him and His provision by obeying His command. He commanded them to gather this manna for six days, but the seventh day they were not to collect it in observance of God's instruction to rest.

“This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord."

— Exodus 16:23

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Manna Gathering Explains Eden

It is notable that the opening scene of God's interaction with human beings in Genesis and the manna scene in Exodus both concern food/provision and a seventh-day Sabbath.

The pattern reveals that Adam and Eve's disobedience was about a lack of faith in God's ability to satisfy them and their rebellious confidence in self-provision.

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Christ the Manna

Manna also connects with resting/believing in Christ's rule, reign, and provision, in contrast to our toil and labor for self-preservation. In John's Gospel, a conversation concerning faith, labor, and manna/bread from heaven connects these ideas just following the feeding of the 5000.

"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you . . . “What shall we do that we can accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God: that you believe in the one whom that one sent.”Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst . . . I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.

— John 6:30-35

To rest and believe in God's work and provision is the essence of the Sabbath.

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Purpose and Benefit of the Sabbath

The command to Sabbath is not to be considered drudgery. Its purpose is to benefit God's people who put their faith in Him for their provisions and progress.

The Sabbath was made for man.

— Mark 2:27

It is a gift.

For the LORD has given you the Sabbath.

— Exodus 16:29

Many times we might be tempted to think that we are doing God a favor by observing this command. The opposite is true. Although it may honor Him that we do so, it is us who benefits from this observance physically and spiritually. Our body, soul, and spirit require it.

Minnesota scientist Franz Halberg, the founder of chronobiology, discovered that the human body follows seven-day rest cycles, whether we stop to observe or not. He labeled this discovery "Circaseptan Rhythms" According to the website Vibrant Life, in an article titled "Rhythm of Life," the seven-day cycle governs our biological systems.

Research has uncovered many conditions about us humans that seem to rise and fall in seven-day cycles. They include: heartbeat, blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, acid content in blood, red blood cell count, oral temperature, female breast temperature, urine chemistry and volume, the ratio between two important neurotransmitters: norepinephrine and epinephrine, and the flow of several body chemicals such as the stress-coping hormone cortisol. Even the common cold is circaseptan.

Doctors have long observed that response to malaria infection and pneumonia crisis peaks at seven days. Chicken pox symptoms (a high fever and small red spots) usually appear almost exactly two weeks after exposure to the illness. A person will tend to have an increase in swelling on the seventh and then the fourteenth day after surgery.1

Fingernails, hair, and teeth also appear to follow a six-day growth and one-day rest pattern.

It would appear that being in concert with God's prescribed (six days of work and one day of rest) rhythm of life pattern is a healthy way of life.

Could it be that our minds and bodies were not designed to function at breakneck speed, non-stop, seven days a week? God has placed within us a need for rest, which is a picture of a spiritual reality that 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 Sabbath, we are giving honor to God by not doing things our way nor serving our own agendas. Real rest can only be found in honoring God and doing things His way.

In the Sabbath, we reverence God's sanctuary, which is us. 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

Wrapping up this section, it is notable that Jesus healed both bodies and minds on the Sabbath on seven occasions.

  1. He heals Peters mother-in-law of a fever (Mark 1:29-31)
  2. He heals a man with a withered hand (Mark 3:1-6)
  3. He heals a man born blind (John 9:1-16)
  4. He heals a woman who was bent over for 18 years (Luke 13:10-17)
  5. He heals a man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-6)
  6. He drives out an evil Spirit (Mark 1:21-28)
  7. He heals a lame man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18)2

Sabbath Defined

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

. . . he who has entered His (Christ's) 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 or desist (military term relating to laying down arms).

. . . the battle is not yours, but God’s

— II Chronicles 20:15

end to striving

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 Sabbath was, and is, intended to get us to cease from our works and know that He is God. it is also to understand that our salvation comes from Him alone and that we might rest from our striving to get ahead, warring and wrestling with how to make this thing called life work out for our personal benefit. To rest our hope and faith in the one who created all things and with whom all things are possible.

Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

— Mark 9:23

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Sheen—Digest What God Has Done

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

The first letter is a "sheen" and thought to be a picture of teeth. It 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 digestible pieces 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, was the first mention of setting aside a day of rest. God was giving us a visual of His intentions for the Sabbath.

Many Hebrew words translated as meditate, calculate, consider, insight, and understanding all begin with the letter "sheen." One of the primary purposes of the Shabbat is to "sit still" and take time to meditate to gain a more in-depth insight and understanding of God His will and His ways. Meditating helps us 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 various purposes. Faster wave cycles are used during the intensities and stresses of life, which most of us live in daily. It is in the fast lane that the more profound, more contemplative things of life are missed. It's like being a fast-moving vehicle in which you're 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 can listen thoughtfully. This cycle is where we can hear God's voice and see things in a way that we didn't see before.

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

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

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Bet—Abide

The middle letter (the heart) of the word for Sabbath 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 in Him?

Bet shows us that abiding is a necessary element of Sabbath. 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

By quietly beholding Him, we become transformed into His likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

"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

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Tav—Sign of the Covenant

The final letter (foundation) of this word is a "tav" It is a picture of a cross indicating a sign or a covenant.

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 are the revealing of God's covenant relationship with humankind.

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

Recalling Genesis, chapter two, once again, in the first example of a Sabbath, 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 Sabbath/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, the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the restoration of the covenant through Him gives us rest and hope.

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Tav—We Are His

The letter "tav" and the concept of a covenant also have to do with ownership.

". . . you are not your own. You were bought at a price . . ."

— I Corinthians 6:19-20

A Sabbath is much like a tithe of 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 valuable commodity in this natural world and acknowledging that we truly belong to Him.

"I am the Lord" is frequently accompanied by the command. By observing the Sabbath, we give Him His rightful place in our hearts.

The Sabbath Is For All

Many have thought that the Sabbath is for the Jewish people only, yet we find that the Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments.

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.

Conclusion

In following our creator's example in resting one out of seven days we might want to reflect as He did on all the goodness of God as evidenced by 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 and toil spent on 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

And most importantly may we consider the observance of the Sabbath worship.

"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"

Credits and Sources

1https://www.vibrantlife.com/rhythm-of-life/

2https://teachingsofthebible.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/jesus-7-miracles-he-performed-on-the-sabbath/

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    • Tamarajo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tamarajo 

      7 years ago

      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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      shofarcall 

      7 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 

      8 years ago

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

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      toknowinfo 

      8 years ago

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

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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

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

      Thank you for your comment and visit.

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      Shalah Chayil 

      8 years ago from Billings, Montana

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

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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      skye2day 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

      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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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

      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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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      His daughter 

      8 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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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 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!

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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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 

      8 years ago

      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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      Cristine Santander 

      8 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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      James A Watkins 

      8 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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      Robert E Smith 

      8 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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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      VOICE CIW 

      8 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 

      8 years ago

      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.

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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      Timlove 

      8 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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      William Kovacic 

      8 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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      Tamarajo 

      8 years ago

      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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      Dave Mathews 

      8 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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