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What is the Sabbath

Introduction

The Sabbath is a special day of physical rest and spiritual rejuvenation that God created for humanity. The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday every week. It is a time to enjoy divine tranquility and closeness with God our Creator.

It is also a time to engage in acts of kindness and do good in society. It is not only a day to rest but also to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

In Matthew 12:12-13, the Lord Jesus said that doing good in society and helping people was in harmony with the Sabbath Law:

12 …Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Matthew 12:12-13

One of Jesus’s favorite activities on the Sabbath was to do miracles. He liked to bring joy and happiness into the lives of others.

He healed sickness, restored the eyesight of the blind, and performed countless other miracles. Many of these were done on the Sabbath.

Jesus set an excellent example for all of us to follow. The Sabbath can also be used to tell people about God’s incredible love for humanity. However, please note that spreading love and kindness should be a daily practice, not just reserved for the Sabbath.

Through the concept of the Sabbath, God has given us the opportunity to pause from our daily chores, relax in the blessing of sanctified rest, and reflect on God’s marvelous character. It is a special time to separate the holy from the mundane.

The Sabbath is an opportunity to appreciate the simpler aspects of life. It is a perfect time to connect with nature and engage in soulful introspection. It is a time to step away from the busyness and business of everyday life and find peace and renewal within.

More importantly, the Sabbath is a time of celebration and a memorial to God’s creative power. It is to be kept to acknowledge that God is the source of all existence and provides for all our needs.

For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exodus 20:11

God has blessed the seventh day and made it holy. Anyone who keeps the seventh-day Sabbath gives homage to God. By keeping the Sabbath, you can gain the special blessing and holiness that God has attached to this day!

By keeping the Sabbath, we show gratitude and appreciation to God. By dedicating the Sabbath to God’s service we honor God and thank Him for all the blessings received throughout the week.

Secrets Unlocked Fact

  • God was the first Being to rest on the Sabbath.
  • God blessed the seventh day of the week (Saturday) and made it special.
  • The Sabbath was the first day of their lives that Adam and Eve spent with God.
  • Adam and Eve rested with God to celebrate the first Sabbath.
  • The Sabbath was made for humanity, not just for the Jews.
  • The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday every week.

Why do we need a Sabbath Rest?

stress of work.

Modern society and ubiquitous work culture place a constant demand for improved productivity, performance, and efficiency. Technology and continuous always-on connectivity have blurred the line between work and personal life.

The constant need to perform and conform in this competitive and ruthless world takes a physical, mental, and spiritual toll on us, completely draining our energy and disconnecting us from one another.

We need periodic and regular boosts of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy to recharge ourselves.

Life on Earth is not easy, no matter who you are, where you live, or how successful you might be. Unfortunately, the relentless push to work has led our generation to be overwhelmed with stress, burnout, and mental and physical health issues.

As a result, we all face challenges, responsibilities, emotional ups and downs, and spiritual dryness.

It is important to understand the value of rest. We are ultimately responsible for setting work and personal life boundaries to ensure our own welfare.

Otherwise, the demands of an always-on, always-connected work environment will erode our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

God knew that humans would end up creating a mess, so He proactively hardwired the concept of weekly rest in our minds and in the very fabric of time!

We can compare our lives to mobile phones to understand why we need rest:

For instance, mobile phones perform pretty spectacular and resource-intensive tasks and make our modern lives faster, convenient, and easier. But because they are in constant use, mobile batteries drain out and need to be regularly recharged to supply them with much-needed energy to continue performing.

We all know what happens when our mobile batteries die out! We become stranded, as we are all so dependent on smartphones for proper functioning in daily life.

We use them for shopping, banking, emails, socializing, etc., and without them, we would frankly not be able to complete a lot of our modern-day tasks. It would be like we are running blind!

Similarly, constant use depletes our mental, physical, and spiritual batteries. A regular weekly recharge is essential for our welfare, especially in these demanding, fast-paced times.

Our body, mind, and soul need to recharge by connecting to the true power source. The Sabbath is like a spiritual plug point that God has provided to rekindle our life force and power us through the new week.

We all understand the importance of daily rest. It is essential for our physical, mental, and emotional recovery. Rest allows our body to recover and repair itself after the stresses of daily work.

Sleep helps improve mental clarity and focus. It also enhances mood and relieves stress, thus boosting mental and psychological well-being. Restful sleep bolsters our immune system, helps the body fight off illness and replenishes our body’s depleted energy.

Since we rest every day, why do we need a weekly rest day?

While daily rest helps with short-term recovery, weekly rest goes beyond and allows for a more complete restoration of body and mind.

For example, according to the American Council on Exercise, exercise imposes metabolic and mechanical stress on muscles. The body needs rest to repair muscle proteins and replenish glycogen.

They advise at least one complete day of rest every 7 to 10 days to prevent overexertion and allow the body to repair and refuel.

A weekly rest allows for mental refreshment as a continuous routine causes the mind to tire. It also has tremendous psychological benefits. A weekly break reduces stress and improves mood, allowing the body and mind to relax.

Did you know that the human brain operates like a muscle? Like overused muscles, the brain gets stressed and fatigued with daily use. Hence, we must give our brains a weekly rest from the stresses of life.

The Weekly rest cycle – A blessing and gift from God

weekly rest - sabbath - clock and calendar

Most of us work Monday to Friday and celebrate when the weekend comes, bringing much-needed disengagement from work and the toils of day-to-day life. We all understand the need for rest and recuperation.

No one needs to convince us that a weekend break is good! We all agree!

Almost every major country has established a weekly day of rest as an absolute guarantee. In the Western world, it is considered a fundamental human and worker right.

A majority of people rest and sleep every night, so on average, people get 8 hours of restful sleep every day. The body and mind get rest to recover from the toils of the day. So why do governments and labor unions push for a weekly rest day? What is their justification?

Where did our secular world get the fantastic idea that a week should be exactly seven days and that people need a break from work at least one day a week?

The concept of cyclical time comes from observing celestial events. For example, we get a 24-hour day based on the rotation of the earth, as it takes approximately 24 hours for the earth to rotate around its axis.

We calculate a month to be approximately 30 days due to the time it takes the Moon to traverse the Earth. A year is 365 days, based on the time it takes for the Earth to revolve around the sun.

Surprisingly, there is no external observable astronomical event or scientific justification for why a week should be seven days or why humans need a day of rest once a week. Yet we have an unbroken chain of a seven-day week since creation, and almost the whole world agrees about a weekly rest.

It is worth noting that in the past, many cultures and countries tried changing their weekly cycle by breaking away from a seven-day week but were unsuccessful, as chaos resulted.

For instance, just after the French Revolution, the French Government switched the weekly cycle and adopted a 10-day week from 1793 to 1805. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Soviets introduced a five-day week and then, later, a six-day week.

Remarkably, the French and Soviet attempts to alter the standard seven-day week were ultimately unsuccessful. Both countries eventually reverted to the traditional seven-day week structure!

Even many ancient pagan societies tried a non 7-day week:

  • The Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks split their weeks into 10-day weeks.
  • Inca Civilization used eight-day weeks.
  • The Maya used both a 13-day and a 20-day week.

Societies have experimented with non 7-day weeks, but they all failed and had to fall back to the 7-day model.

But why?

It doesn’t make any logical, mathematical, or scientific sense, yet we are all here happy with a seven-day week irrespective of which country, language, or culture we belong to.

The only other explanation is that God has engrained a seven-day week and a weekly rest day in the very fabric of Earthly time. Somehow, God has imprinted our collective minds with the concept and necessity of weekly rest.

Human societies have mostly always obeyed this Divine injunction, and some that deviated from this incredible miracle realized how it pushed life off balance and quickly reverted back to God’s model to restore harmony and balance in time!

Most of society acknowledges the benefits and need for a weekly rest, which is a testament to God and the Biblical account of Creation. The story of Genesis is the only true source of this incredible and monumental concept of a weekly day of rest called Sabbath!

The Sabbath – An Island in time

What is the Sabbath - An island in time.


An Island surrounded by the vastness of water serves as a beautiful metaphor that captures the essence of the Sabbath. The Sabbath serves as a period of peace and sanctity amidst the turbulent sea of everyday life.

Just like an island is isolated from the surrounding ocean, the Sabbath is set apart as a period of rest and reflection that stands apart from the regular flow of life. It offers a welcome break and refuge from our stressful daily routines.

The Sabbath provides a respite from the relentless tide of work deadlines, financial responsibilities, social expectations, and personal aspirations that keep coming wave after wave to drown us!

The Sabbath island provides a welcome break and divine shelter from the stressful and harmful impacts of daily routines. Much like an island retreat, the Sabbath offers sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is a divine gift from God that offers solace from the chaos of the world.

The Sabbath acts as a buffer, providing a regular interval to refocus our attention on the deeper values that matter and connect with God to nurture the soul. It helps maintain a balance between the demands of life and the need for inner tranquility.

The Sabbath is the sanctification of time.

Right at the Creation of the world, even before any human ever sinned, God created a unique day that was to be separate from the other six days. It was the last day of Creation Week – Saturday.

This day is called the Sabbath because the Bible tells us in Genesis 2:3 that God “Sabbathd” on this day. The Hebrew word שָׁבַת (shabath ) is used, which means rest. It is a verb that explains that God rested on this day.

The Seventh Day is literally named the Sabbath after the act that God did and is called שַׁבָּת (sabat). What made the Sabbath unique was that God pronounced a special blessing on this day, and He made it Holy.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Exodus 20:11

The word sanctified comes from the Hebrew word קָדַשׁ (qadash), which means to dedicate, purify, and set apart for a holy purpose.

This is why I say that the Sabbath is a sanctification in time because God only blessed and consecrated the time from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset!

The Sabbath is a unique design and Creation of God. God wants to meet us not in a physical place or location but rather in time. The Sabbath teaches us to focus on celebrating and worshiping God in time rather than in space!

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it”. For the first time in human history and also in the Bible, we see the mention of the word Holy in its reference to the Sabbath.

Notice that God didn’t make any object or place holy but rather a certain time! This is a radical and fundamentally different concept from other religious or philosophical teachings.

Satanic and pagan ideologies would have mandated the creation of a holy place, such as a holy mountain or a holy spring, where people would gather and worship. But God didn’t do that. Instead, He instituted the concept of spiritual holiness because He attached holiness to time, which is not a physical point in space but rather an ethereal concept.

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, he emphasized the unique Biblical concept of worshiping God in Spirit rather than in a physical location. He clearly explained that closeness to God is not dependent on a specific location, and we do not need to indulge in special rituals to invoke God’s presence.

Jesus with the woman at the well

God desires that we engage with Him through the Spirit and through the truth of His Word (His revealed will in the Bible). This is not a new concept that Jesus taught but rather goes back to Creation week, specifically the Sabbath.

The Sabbath principle perfectly aligns with Jesus’s teaching, as the Sabbath is itself a spiritual concept—a monument dedicated to God in Time itself! It underscores the idea that sacred moments and divine encounters are not limited to temples or churches but can occur anywhere as long as the worship is genuine, heartfelt, and according to God’s instructions.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:21,23,24

Conclusion

The Sabbath rest is not a call to laziness and inactivity. It doesn’t mean doing nothing on the Sabbath. Instead our rest is to be an exercise in restoration and rejuvenation. God doesn’t expect us to drop everything and just lie in bed the whole day.

Instead, He wants us to rest from our regular worldly obsessions and passions and focus on the more essential things in life. Always remember that balancing work with a regular period of rest is vital to sustainable success.

The Sabbath is like a moral compass that guides us to the true north. When we get into the habit of keeping it, we harmonize our being (body, mind, and soul) and bring it in sync with God’s will.

The Sabbath is truly a marvelous idea that God created for humanity. God wants to invite you to keep His Sabbath so that you can enter God’s wonderful rest and share in its blessings!

Finally, the Sabbath teaches us to surrender our lives to God and sacrifice our selfish needs and desires. It teaches us to surrender our spirit to God, give up control, and entrust our lives to God’s loving care. He gave us six days to do all our “things,” but He asks that we dedicate one day in honor of our loving Creator!

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