Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience.
The first thing my family and I did when returning to our hebrew roots as messianic jews was keeping the sabbath. At first this was difficult because of work schedules. We were messing up in several ways. For instance we tried doing sabbath on other days of the week which was not spiritually healthy at all. It was a sin that we have repented of. We now observe sabbath properly from Friday sunset to Saturday sundown. Doing it at the proper time has really increased the joy we take from it. I want to address an idea and issue that most professing Christians are struggling with and that is keeping the sabbath holy. This is done because of lack of understanding about the roots of their faith.
Even though my genealogy is filled with hebrew roots, every Christian’s faith is rooted and grafted in to the jewish faith. If you fail to understand Judaism, understanding the Holy Scriptures and the Christian faith will be impossible. That is what has enabled the harlotry of the church with pagan faiths. The gentile believers thought they were better than the jewish people for the last 2000 years. Only recently has the truth come to light among many of the gentile churches. They cannot exist without the house of Israel. Many are interested in judaism but many still shy away from that area of study viewing it as unnecessary. The very fact that the gentile believers and even the modern day church have no understanding of the jewish faith enables the sabbath to be dishonored and replaced with pagan worship on sunday in buildings call churches.
I have several good friends who go to church every sunday and keep a sign called “The Hillbilly 10 Commandments”. There is plenty wrong with this sign but the reason I am sharing it right now is because of number 4 that reads “Git yer hide ta Sunday meetin’”. You can see a picture of the sign below. Keep in mind I understand the commandments are in a mixed up order but you get where this is coming from.
For anyone who is interested in learning first hand about the sabbath or as it is commonly referred to among people who keep the sabbath as “Shabbat”. You can sign up for shabbat dot com and be a shabbat guest in a jewish home that observes the proper sabbath. Here is the link:
Shabbat is not just a day of prayer and worship. Although prayer and worship is a part of shabbat, it is not a day of prayer and worship. No more is it a day of prayer and worship, than it is a day of eating and breathing for we are to pray and worship everyday. Shabbat is a holy day of rest that keeps us in covenant with YHWH. Most people do not understand what a true day of rest is. They think as long as you aren’t getting paid you are resting. That is simply not true. It is resting from all work, especially works of creation as YHWH rested from the creation of all things on the sabbath day and set it aside as a holy day for all time.
This is the point where most people get turned off from shabbat. The fact that watching TV takes away from shabbat and should not be watched on shabbat is too much for some people. Not being able to drive or haul stuff is a big turn off as well. Some people who like to paint, write, draw, work in the garden or yard get turned off from shabbat because they honestly don’t know how to truly rest and find peace in YHWH. Those people can’t let their own-selves rest because they would have to confront something they are trying to avoid. That is why they work themselves to death. They are the same ones that are always complaining they always feel drained and would love to escape to a deserted island somewhere. They can find the peace of that deserted island in shabbat if they can truly let go and find their joy in YHWH and Yeshua.
Shabbat is the best day of the week. It is the one day that we have no worries. We spend the whole day relaxing and enjoying what YHWH has created. It is a day to recognize that we are not in control of anything and that everything is in YHWH hands and works for His will. YHWH takes care of what I was not permitted to do on shabbat. For example my grass seedlings were in a crucial stage last week and needed constant watering. YHWH sent rain clouds and allowed it to rain on Friday and Saturday watering my seedlings for me. Shabbat is not a day of restrictions but a day of freedom. It takes us away from the worldly and material things and gives us a day of feeling the spirit and love of YHWH and Yeshua. As long as you hold on to materialism you will view it as a day of restrictions. If you truly put your treasures in spiritual things instead of worldly things you will enjoy shabbat. Read Matthew 6:19-24:
King James Version (KJV)
“19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
One last thing I wish to mention to all of the nay-sayers who will continue to view sunday as their holy day and insist that by being in church on sunday morning is keeping the sabbath holy. What about when Yeshua (Jesus) spoke in Matthew 24 about the signs of the end of the world and his second coming? If Yeshua meant to destroy The Torah (the law) and do away with the hebrew version of sabbath day as the teaching of sunday worship promotes: Why would he warn us to pray that our flight into the wilderness takes place not in winter or on the sabbath day in Matthew 24:20? In the winter is obvious to most people, survival would be very hard.
Survival on the hebrew sabbath when trying to flee into the wilderness would be equally hard as fleeing in winter. You are not allowed to haul anything on the sabbath, nor are you allowed to light a fire, or drive a car, or build a shack, erect a tent and many of the other worldly restrictions. You would have to flee on foot with nothing and you would be out in the wilderness with nothing to eat and could not even start a fire to keep you warm. The teachings of sunday worship would not be anything to worry about in regards to fleeing into the wilderness. There is no such worldly restrictions on the sunday worship doctrine because it came from paganism and not from the holy scriptures. Sunday worship is not a true holy day of worship and honor to YHWH the one true God of Heaven and Earth. If you wish to use the excuse that Yeshua was speaking to just the apostles, then why is the scripture referring to the time of the second coming of Yeshua? Also YHWH is no respecter of persons Acts 10:34, what authority does the holy scriptures or YHWH give to gentiles to be exempt from this practice?
King James Version (KJV)
“34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”