What is the secret of the Sabbath Day?
To find the answer, let us briefly summarize what the Sabbath Day is.
The Sabbath Day is the very special occasion that occurs on the seventh day of each week. Remembering to keep this very special weekly occasion is the Fourth Commandment of the Ten Commandments.
The Fourth Commandment calls upon us to remember to keep and observe the seventh-day Sabbath Day as a set-apart DAY, different from all other days (Exodus 20:8-11). Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], the One who originally set apart the seventh day of the week, appointed it to have a very special position in the weekly progression of days.
The seventh day is the particular day of each week that Yahuwah blessed, and ‘set apart as holy.’ This means the Sabbath Day is to be a special time to meet with Him, the Creator of the Universe. And because the Sabbath Day is the first set-apart-as-special ‘day’ mentioned in the Scriptures, it is considered by many as the most important holy day of all of Yahuwah’s Sabbaths and Feast Days.
Just as Yahuwah Elohim rested and was refreshed on the seventh day (Exodus 31:17), in the same way, Father has appointed the seventh-day Sabbath Day as a special day — a day for us to come before Him, to rest, and to be refreshed. But which day is the seventh day?
Centuries ago, the Romans called the seventh day of the week ‘the day of Saturn,’ in honour of ‘Saturn’, which was one of the false gods of the ancient Roman religion. This specific day of the week was also the same day that Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], observed as the seventh day Sabbath Day, along with all the children of Israel of the first century. And now, in our day, this seventh day is commonly known as Saturday.
Those who choose to regularly keep and observe the seventh-day Sabbath Day according to the Scriptures, discover an abundance of refreshment!
Observing Yahuwah’s Fourth Commandment (Deuteronomy 5:12-15), results in opening the door to many blessings — blessings that are ‘secret’ and hidden from the world.
A Sign Between Yahuwah And His People
As we saw in The Sabbath Day is a Sign, obeying the commandment to observe the seventh-day Sabbath Day as set apart as a special day is a ‘SIGN’ between Yahuwah and His people:
And Yahuwah [the LORD] spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths you shall keep … It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever (Exodus 31:12-18).
Moreover also I [Yahuwah] gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahuwah [the LORD] that sanctifies them. I am Yahuwah [the LORD] your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahuwah [the LORD] your God (Ezekiel 20:12,19-20).
As these Scriptures teach us, when we ‘hallow’ (set apart as special – holy) Yahuwah’s Sabbath Days, then we are entering into an important and essential communication with Yahuwah. This is the vital way that we bear testimony of His creation, and of His ‘ownership’ of us — that we belong to Yahuwah, and not to some other master. Therefore observing the seventh-day Sabbath is a sign, not only for our benefit, but also for Yahuwah’s benefit.
But now, let me tell you what we have learned is the Sabbath Day Secret.
The Sabbath Day Secret
Our family, like many others, have recently come out of ‘the fog‘ of mainstream, ‘commercial’ Christianity. When we began to understand the essential importance of Yahuwah’s Word ‘from the beginning,’ then we began to want to embrace the beginnings, the ‘roots’ of our faith. As a result, we set out to make some big adjustments to our lives. The first big adjustment was to start observing, according the Scriptures, the seventh-day Sabbath Day.
I say ‘adjustment’ because we needed to change our weekly schedule. No longer could we wait for the week-end to do catch-up work on our domestic chores, or to buy supplies for the kitchen. Things like doing laundry, shopping, going to garage sales, tending the garden, or using the BBQ grill — all the things we did on Saturdays — were no longer possible. Our heart’s desire now was to keep the Fourth Commandment, just as it is stated:
But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahuwah your God: in it you shall not do any work … (Deuteronomy 5:14a).
You shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day (Exodus 35:3).
… We will not buy anything … on the sabbath (Nehemiah 10:31b).
Our adjustments were, at first, somewhat frustrating. At times, we did not succeed in accomplishing our chores on time. But our goal was to honour Yahuwah’s Word, and to please Him by doing His commandments (1John 3:22). Little by little, with practice, we became better at determining our schedule.
Now, after several years of observing Yahuwah’s seventh day Sabbath Day, we have discovered the Sabbath Day Secret.
The Secert is — by keeping the seventh-day Sabbath Day, we have entered into a greater level of the abiding peace and comfort of Yahuwah!
How did we discover this secret?
A Progression of Weekly Events
Since we know Father wants His children to keep the seventh-day Sabbath Day as set-apart as special, then we are confident that we are pleasing Father when we are obeying this Fourth Commandment. This confidence is comforting!
Since we know Father wants us to not bake or cook on the seventh-day Sabbath Day (Exodus 16:23), then we know that every Friday is a Preparation Day. We are confident that we are pleasing Him on Fridays because we are making sure to prepare the meals for the Sabbath on Fridays, as well as wrapping up any necessary chores before the end of the week. This confidence is comforting!
Since we know we need to have the supplies necessary for our meal preparations on Fridays, then we know that Thursday is the main day to go to the grocery store and get any needed items for Preparation Day. We are confident that we are pleasing Father on Thursdays because, even in the midst of our normal work schedule, we will be doing the necessary buying of supplies needed for Friday, the Preparation Day. This confidence is comforting!
Since we know that every week we will be keeping the Sabbath Day, then Wednesdays are days to reflect on, and plan, our preparations. In the midst of our normal weekly work load, we always keep in mind [we ‘remember’] our desire to stay current and up-to-date with our chores and duties, so that we can keep Father’s seventh-day Sabbath. We are confident we are pleasing Father on Wednesdays, because we are determining any activities that need to be accomplished before the ‘push’ of the Preparation Day duties. This confidence is comforting!
Tuesday, Monday, and Sunday are days that we can accomplish many things that Father may put on our hearts, besides our normal work schedule. Yet always in the back of our mind, we hear the Holy Spirit’s whispers to remember. So as the week progresses, we will begin the necessary duties needed in order to observe the seventh-day Sabbath Day.
This weekly progression of events is actually a very calming set of events. Keeping the seventh-day Sabbath establishes our routine for each week! As a result, we have no doubts about what to do on Saturdays [of course], or what to do on Fridays, what to do on Thursdays, and so on.
At times, our weekly schedule is disrupted by various events [often ‘divine’ interruptions]. But Father always gives us His grace to work through the delays so that we can maintain our obedience to keep the Sabbath Day as a special ‘set-apart’ Day.
Every week we remain firm in our commitment to keep the Sabbath Day, regardless of interruptions or changing events! We stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s reminders. Every week our heart’s desire is to remember what we are to do in order to honour Father’s weekly Sabbath Day (Hebrews 8:10).
We know therefore, as we progress through the week with our various plans for keeping the Sabbath, that we are doing those things that please Yahuwah! We are confident and at peace with our schedule because we know we are pleasing Father! This confidence is very comforting!
Blessed Are Those Who Delight in His Commandments
The world snarls and chafes at our weekly routine to honour Yahuwah’s seventh-day Sabbath. But as Father’s children, we find it to be a blessing beyond all our dreams, just as Yahushua [Jesus] promised:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
Because we are doing His commandments, we have a greater level of the peace! Our hearts are settled. We are at rest with where He has placed us, and with what He is doing in our lives. And on the Sabbath Day, we do not have the burden of feeling obligated about any chores or duties. Father WANTS us to rest on that day! Therefore, the sense of obligation is not there! HalleluYAH!
The world does not understand our desire to walk this pathway of keeping the seventh-day Sabbath. The world cannot even begin to know how lovely and liberating it is to enter into Father’s rest, and be refreshed every week on the seventh-day Sabbath Day.
When we honour Yahuwah’s Fourth Commandment, then every single day and every week, we are at peace over our duties and chores. Every single day we have a remembrance of Father’s loving care and provision for us.
When we cease from our own labors on the seventh-day Sabbath Day, we are enabled to 1) focus better on Father’s Word, 2) we are steadily growing in the grace and knowledge of His Son, and 3) we can spend quality time with Him, as well as with our fellow Believers and loved ones. These activities are truly a refreshment for us each week!
We have a confident rest in His peace, not only on the seventh-day Sabbath, but also throughout the entire week:
Great peace have they which love Your Torah: and nothing shall offend them (Psalms 119:165).
As this Scripture tells us, great peace (and confidence) comes to those who choose to love, honour, and keep Yahuwah’s Torah, which includes keeping the seventh-day Sabbath.
This abiding peace and confidence is what I call the Sabbath Day Secret!
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