Let us begin with a Kindergarten question. Who rested on the seventh day of creation?
Bereshith 2:1-3 Thus the shamayim and the earth were completed, and all their array. 2 And on the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 4 And Elohim barakh (blessed) the seventh day and made it qodesh, (sanctified it), because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.
The answer to this question is obvious. Elohim after finishing His Work of Creation, He rested with Adam the very first created man. (Bereshith 1:27). Surely both sat down and enjoy each other. It would be interesting if we had a record of their conversation, but we do not. We assume they talked as friends and Elohim revealed wonderful things to Adam.
It is important to notice that Yehovah called this day Shabbat which means rest. He did not give names to any other day, nor blessed any other day. Do you suppose this day was supposed to be a very special day for Him and for mankind? Yes, I firmly believe so.
That particular day, the seventh day of creation, were there any other classes of people? Where there Italian, Native Americans, Hawaiians or any other nation? The answer is no. There was only Adam, who is the father of us all. I believe Yehovah gave the day of rest, or the Shabbath to all mankind because all of us are created equal. Each of us has the same need to rest once a week from all our labor.
He created us from dust, and our bodies although magnificent, are created with a need to commune with our Creator at least once every seventh day. This day is a special day that Yehovah has chosen for Him to visit us with special blessings, as He also does on His Feasts, (Wayyiqra 23). He has designated special days for us to rest in Him and grow closer to Him.
As we do our part, our physical body becomes refreshed, and our spiritual being becomes enriched in Him. The benefits are so many, and so great that a person needs to keep the Sabbath day Holy in order to fully grasp or understand the fullness of the blessings that are released to him/her. When I decided to obey this Command I immediately noticed the increase in my physical strength. My relationship with Yehovah also became more complete, and I had more peace.
Yehovah desires to be with us. If this would not be the case, then why would He have created us? He has many messengers or angels in Heaven with Him to keep Him company! However, He has chosen man to commune with Him, and to work together with Him in His Kingdom.
And now I want to talk about the time He legalized this special day. But before He did that, He chose Mosheh to be the deliverer of His people Yisra’el, and to him He revealed His Name Yehovah -YHVH, (Shemoth/Exodus 3:15). Only after Mosheh knew His Name, He sent him to Pharaoh to ask him to release his slaves, the Hebrew people who were there for the last four hundred years. However He would not listen in spite of all the miracles Yehovah did through Mosheh.
Eventually after Mitsrayim (Egypt) was destroyed, Yehovah killed all their firstborn, and only after this last plague He let them go. The Scriptures continues to let us know that Pharaoh and His army ended up dead in the Red Sea.
I am not going to talk about the great miracles that Yehovah did in Mitsrayim/Egypt, or of the parting of the Red Sea, and of destruction of the Mitsrites in the Red Sea. We all know what happened, but if you, the reader, do not know what happened, I urge you to read Shemoth/Exodus and realize how Yehovah fought for His beloved Chosen People.
I want to emphasize the fact that after the Mitsrayim was destroyed many foreigners came with the descendents of Avraham, Yitschaq, Ya’aqov, and Yisrael. (Bereshith/Genesis 32:26-28).
Shemoth/Exodus 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up with them too, also flocks and herds, very much livestock.
This company of strangers was added to the tribes of Yisra’el and obeyed the Torah with them.
49 There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
Those people became one with Yisra’el. They all were grafted into a tribe. We know that because if you read the Scriptures, there were only twelve tribes around the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Scriptures never speak of the foreigners having their own tribe. The foreigners became one with Yisra’el and began to obey the same Kingdom Rules.
Next we come to Mount Sinai. There the Ten Words or Ten Commandments were given to the mixed multitude, Hebrews and non Hebrews alike they had to choose to obey Yehovah. They were not yet called Jews, they were only called Hebrews.
Shemoth/Exodus 20:8 “Remember to keep the Sabbath day, to qadosh it. (to sanctify it or to keep it holy, set apart) 9 Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat of Yehovah your Elohim. You do not do any work- you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 “For in six days Yehovah made the shamayim (Heaven) and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yehovah barakh (blessed) the Shabbat and qadosh it (Made it Holy).
Please notice that He calls the Sabbath “A Shabbat of Yehovah” not a day for any particular race or religion. This is very important, for also the Feasts are the Feasts of Yehovah and not Jewish Feasts as some calls them. They are appointed times. The Sabbath is also a special appointed day for us and for Him, although it is not considered a feast.
We must remember that in the beginning they all kept the Sabbath. The descendants of Avraham did keep the Sabbath, but they must have stopped obeying while in Mitsrayim/Egypt for they were slaves. But they knew about the Sabbath. It is believed that Adam taught all His descendants.
Shemoth/Exodus 16:22- 26 And it came to be, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Mosheh. 23 And he said to them, “This is what Yehovah has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Shabbat qodesh to Yehovah. That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’” 24 and they laid it up till morning, as Mosheh commanded. And it did not stink, and no worm was in it. 25 And Mosheh said, “Eat it today, for today is a Shabbat to Yehovah, today you do not find it in the field.”
We notice that Yehovah did not work, or create the manna, and they were commanded to not go and gather it for it would not be there. Yisra’el knew this commandment long before it was codified on Mount Sinai. It is no wonder then that He said: “Remember the Sabbath day, to qadosh it.” Remember again, that on Mount Sinai they were a mixed multitude. All of them chose to follow Yehovah.
As believers in Mashiach everyone is granted the blessing to rest on the Sabbath. There are no exceptions. We notice also that on the sixth day they received the double portion. I believe that Yehovah will bless each person who commits himself/herself to keep the Sabbath day holy. They will not starve, but He will cause miracles of provision for each one who obeys Him.
There is much more to speak on this subject, but today I only want to encourage every believer who claims salvation through the Hebrew Mashiach, to keep all ten Commandments, or the Ten Words, as they also are called, and not to believe the lie that the Sabbath was changed to the First Day of the week, which is called Sunday, or the venerable day of the sun!
Believers become complete when accepting the Sabbath as their day of rest, together with the Hebrew/Jews Brethren. The Jew become complete when believes in the Hebrew/Jewish Mashiach.
I am not saying to keep the Sabbath with all the added traditions of the Jewish people. All I am saying to rest on the Sabbath and do not go to work, or make someone work on that day. On the Sabbath we do not clean house, cook, wash dishes and do the laundry. We also do not wash our car, or more the yard. All these things take away from our resting. Sabbath is to rest our bodies. It is a gift Yehovah gave to each human being, and we should be grateful and obey Him with all our heart. The Commandment to rest is very simple, but releases many blessings.
I will speak more on this subject as the Ruach haQodesh will inspire me another time. But before I end this little message I want to encourage reading and meditating the following Scripture.
Yeshayahu 56: 1-7 “Thus says Yehovah, “Guard Right –Ruling, and do righteousness, for near is My deliverance to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. 2 Barukh is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it, guarding the Shabbat lest he profane it, and guarding his hand from doing any evil. 3 And let not the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to Yehovah speak saying, ‘Yehovah has certainly separated me from His people, ‘nor let the eunuch say, Look I am a dry tree.’” 4 For thus said Yehovah, “To the eunuchs who guard My Shabbathoth, (Sabbaths) and have chosen what pleases Me, and hold fast to My covenant: 5 to them I shall give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters –I give them and everlasting name that is not cut off.6 “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to Yehovah, to serve Him, and to love the Name of Yehovah, to be His servants, all who guard the Shabbath, and not profane it, and hold fast to My Covenant-7 them I shall bring to My qodesh mountain, and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their slaughtering are accepted on My altar, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” 8 The Adon Yehovah, who gathers the outcasts of Yisra’el, declares, “I still gather to him besides those who are gathered to him.”
The word “join” in Hebrew is lawah (HVL) which means “to join, to cleave, to abide with, to remain”. In other words to be united together forever and ever. To never separate. Once we are joined with Him, we will do what He asks us to do. You are not joining a religion but join , cleave to Yehovah forever!
We know that Jewish people have been more faithful in keeping the Shabbat; however a new believer does not have to become Jewish to be saved or to keep the Sabbath. We are saved by grace alone, and not by our own good efforts.
Eph’siyim 2:8-9 For by favour you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, 9 it is not by works, so that no one should boast.
The Torah and all the Commands are not able to save us because we constantly break them. But the Mashiach has come to complete what was lacking.
He gave His own life in order for us to be made perfect.
Just as the Passover lamb was slaughtered, and the blood applied, so also the Son of Man, the Ben of Adam, the Ben of Elohim, came to give His blood to redeem us.
The gift He gave us is Eternal life. He is our gift. Let us receive Him and be saved and transformed by His power.
Let us rejoice in our Creator, and let the world know that Yehovah indeed created the world in six 24 hours full days, and not in millions of years.
Listen to Him. Become intimate with Him, and make His Holy Name Yehovah known .
Shemoth/Exodus 20:24 “In every place where I record My Name I will come to you, and I will bless you. (NKJV)
Proclaim His Name and Be blessed, and obey His Ten Words, or Ten Commandments, as He spoke them on Sinai.Tonight begins Shavuot/Pentecost and we commemorate the visitation of Yehovah on Mount Sinai. Let us commit ourselves to obey Him with all our hearts.
Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom
Yehovah bless you and protect you
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
Yehovah lift His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.