Here is a quick over view. We are not to celebrate Shabbat (Sabbath) religiously or legalistically. Shabbat simply means a day of rest. There are three seasons, cycles and times when God ask His people to follow: The Feast Day’s, Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, Months, and Sabbath. Why do I celebrate Shabbat, because Jesus did. The Lord told Debbie and I if we will finish the week in worship and honor to Him (Shabbat) and the First day of the week with celebration of His Son, it would be like, “book ends of blessing in our lives. Here is a brief teaching I have taught on why we celebrate Shabbat? Walk in Shabbat Shalom!
As we approach the Sabbath and think about this day, this is what a Rabbi said, “It is never all or nothing.” Another words, If you do one thing wrong or miss something, it does not ruin the integrity of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for us, It is not our responsibility to perfectly perform some ritual to please God.
Why do we celebrate the Sabbath:
1. One of the Ten Commandments tells us to remember the Sabbath and Keep Holy. Exodus 20:8-11
Hebrew word for remember means, “to mark, to remember by implication; to mention;
to male: Exodus 13:13, “All the firstborn among man among your sons you shall redeem.”
The Sabbath is to unique and something different.
Exodus tells us to keep it “Holy”. Not just remember it, but set it aside.
Exodus 16:23, Exodus 31:16, Deuteronomy 5: 12, 15
2. Hebrews 4:4-12
We are to enter into a rest so the word of God can penetrate into our heart and souls to work its way into our hearts. V. 9- “do not harden your hearts…”, “Therefore there remains a rest for the people of God.”
v. 11- diligent means here, “labor” not like labor, but it means to make every effort. Let us make every effort to enter this rest…
3. Jesus practiced the Sabbath
Luke 4:16, Luke 2:21-23, Luke 2:41-47, 49,
Jesus practice the Torah-John 2:16, 4:31, John 20:16, John 3:1-2
Mark 1:21, Mark 6:2,
Jesus and the Sabbath Miracles:
1. Healing of the man with an unclean spirit, Mark 1:21 and Luke 4:31-37
2. Healing of Peter’s mother in law, Mt. 18:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, and Luke 4:38-39
3. Healing with of the man with a withered hand, Mt. 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-10
4. Healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethsesda, John 5:1-18
5. Healing of the woman who had a spirit of infirmity, Luke 13:10-17
6. Healing of man with dropsy, Luke 14:1-4
7. Healing of a man blind from birth, John 9:1-16
Over and over Jesus healed on the Sabbath to prove that the day was not meant to be one of legalism, rather it was an appointed time, where God meets with us and His people meet with him. That God might touch every area of our lives and lead us into rest. Menuhuh- a time of peace, healing, and miracle provision