Sabbath occurs 137 times in the Bible, surprisingly Sabbath occurs 60x in the New Testament. Remarkably, Sabbath occurs in the Hebrew Scriptures, or the Old Testament KJV 77 times.
The number ‘7’ figures prominently in scriptures, theology and is highlighted in prophecy through the 7 Feasts of the Lord, the 7 day week, and the number 7 is in the book of Revelation an astonishing 54 times.
When people, who are not Christians, consider Christianity they often make mistaken statements like, ‘I would be a Christian, but I would have to stop this or that’, or ‘it seems to be about don't do this or don't do that’. As Christians we understand Christianity is about what we do; we love God, we love people, we are forgiven, we have peace, hope, love, and joy. In the same way, people without Jewish Roots look at the Sabbath and think ‘you can’t do this or that’. The Sabbath is about what we get to do like worship, prayer, Bible reading, spending time with family and friends, and to rest. Perhaps what we haven’t made enough time for in the other 6 days.
The Sabbath or rest begins with sundown based on Genesis 1:5.
First the word for ‘repent’ or return is the Shin (the S) and the Beth (the B). The Shin means ‘destroy’, and the Beth means ‘house’. So repent or return means ‘destroy the house’ or the old selfish ways and don't go back there.
Remember Lot’s wife? Don't look back.
Sabbath is formed in the Hebrew with the Shin, Beth, and the Tav. The first two letters, the Shin and Beth mean repent or return. The Tav is the cross, meaning the sign, or the covenant.
So Sabbath in the Hebrew means:
‘return to the cross’ or ‘return to the covenant’
We are not told exactly how to have the sabbath in our homes. Perhaps this is so we will not focus on ‘what’ we do, but focus on who the sabbath is about, God, and our relationship with Him, and our relationships with people.
Leviticus 23, the chapter that speaks of all 7 Feasts of the Lord, starts out with the Sabbath.
Since it was Yeshua who created everything, it must be Yeshua who rested.
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