Sabattu – A day of rest for the heart.
Imagine for just a moment you’re at this beautiful wedding venue. The sun is setting over the vineyards as live music is playing in the background with an abundance of food and wine. Everyone is laughing and having a good time. You take one deep breath and embrace this feeling. For just a moment you just slip away knowing everything is going to be okay, you are exactly where you need to be. You experience a sense of inner peace.
Imagine this social part of life should be removed, the part where we find joy in community and family?
God knows we are not machines. The human soul needs rest to integrate what has been learned and thereby grow into wiser, healthier, and stronger representations of God the Father and Jesus Christ here on earth.
Every week we must take a sabbatical. One day to just switch off and reconnect with God, family, and ourselves. Doing this will re-energize us and prepare us for a new week of hard work fueled by passion and excellence.
God designed the Sabbath, or Shabbat, as the 7th day for us to find rest and fill our own cups. Whether that’s Saturday or Sunday, you must decide. But Biblically speaking it was held on Saturday and God reintroduced this by not giving the Israelites any Manna in the wilderness on the Sabbath. He provided them with a double portion on the 6th day. He did this to undo what they have learned in Egypt where the Sun god Ra was worshipped.
Read Exodus 16 – “Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
The Sabbath is a day made by God for mankind as a gift and a day of rest.
As it is written, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:27
Once you honor what the Word of God says about the Sabbath day, and you take Him on His Word, then you will notice how the other 6 days of your week become supernaturally blessed with opportunities and business growth.
You will not be given any guidelines other than to make this an experience you will never forget. I don’t know it all, but I do know there is something to it. The new testament says that one man counts certain days more important than others while another man counts all days as important and we are not to judge anyone for their beliefs.
“One person regards a certain day above the others, while someone else considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” – Romans 14:5
Jesus came not to destroy the law of the prophets but to fulfill it and He was crucified on the Sabbath day where He then also found “rest” and He was then “glorified” and exalted to the right hand of God. Jesus said, “Those who love Me will obey My Words.” The 4th commandment states that we are to keep the Sabbath day holy.
“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” – John 20:1
This is also the reason why there is an entire church denomination for those who believe the Sabbath day must be hallowed called the Seventh–day Adventist. The Bible clearly teaches us that sectarianism is a sin and the reason there are so many sects is just as a result of human pride, and the desire to be right, thus creating a divide.
I think trusting God also means obeying His Words, even if you don’t know everything there is to know. That is what it means to be humble, open to learn, to continually grow.
Where there is freedom, there is liberation, and God’s desire is to increasingly liberate his people from the bondage of their flesh and the religion of this world. Free from the law, free from ungodly thinking, and free to walk before Him without a desire for more. We are to love each other and love God’s word.
I don’t believe God will ever say something important and then change His mind later on as we can clearly see from the story of the Israelites in the wilderness how much it angered the LORD that we were disobedient to what He had called us to do.
Eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil made us fall from grace in the garden of Eden, and still today there are many wise in their ways who fall from the grace given to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Today, take that deep breath as you embrace the Sabbath day and think about what God did for you on the cross. Thank Him for setting you free from the bondage of religion, your flesh, and the pride of your own deceitful heart.
As it is written, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
Decide today to walk in faith, put down your burdens, and find rest in Christ. He is a good God who wants to see His people flourish and finding rest for your heart and soul is just one of the ways in which you can accomplish this.
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God Bless you and your family.
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Don’t just pray to be blessed.