MMM Day 19: Sabbath Rest

March Mitzvot Madness Day 19

When we first started observing the Biblical seventh day Sabbath, it was an awkward and uncomfortable change. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves since we were so used to the busyness that rules modern life. (Imagine that! Resting was a struggle! That should tell us something, shouldn’t it?) But as time went on and we learned what Elohim desires of us in keeping His Shabbat, we began to delight in it and relish it!  Now, we look back and wonder how we ever lived without it.  It seems as essential to life sometimes as breathing!  What a blessing this mitzvot is to those who love YHWH!

Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. You have six days to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work — not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why Adonai blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself. ~~ Exodus 20: 8-11

For six days, you are to work. But on the seventh day, you are to rest, so that your ox and donkey can rest, and your slave-girl’s son and the foreigner be renewed. ~~ Exodus 23: 12

Six days you will work, but on the seventh day you are to rest — even in plowing time and harvest season you are to rest. ~~ Exodus 34: 21

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