Sabbath or Shabbat is at the center of Jewish life. Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.
Should Christians keep the Sabbath?
Well, let’s see what God’s Word says:
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.Exodus 20:8-11 NIV
If God said, why not obey?
God wanted the Hebrew people to enjoy the benefits of rest. A slave does not enjoy rest. A son does.
If God created the Sabbath for man, why not enjoy it? Are we saved by it? No. Do our spirit, soul, and body get refreshed, replenished and recharged when we do? Absolutely!
In my own personal experience, I find that Shabbat:
- Unifies the family
- Blesses our spirits
- Refreshes our bodies
As a family, we try to keep it as best as we can. If we lived in Israel, it would be easier to keep Shabbat as everything shuts down in observance of this beautiful, family-centered holiday. But, we can still keep it in America if we put our heart and soul into it, just like we do with everything else.
Shabbat is a 24-hour period that God blessed and made holy, so why not savor all the benefits it offers me as an individual while fostering family unity in my home
Imagine, how would American families live if they kept Shabbat? If once per week time was spent intentionally celebrating the week, each other, enjoying a home-made meal together? What would families look like? How would our children’s and youth’s lives be impacted?
Shabbat is a matter of faith.
We can accomplish much more by working 6 days per week and observing Shabbat, than working 7 days per week busting our chops and never giving our bodies the rest it needs.
Shabbat brings healing to the soul, mind, body, and spirit.
Shabbat reconnects us to God. In it, we pause from the busyness of life and take time to acknowledge God for His provision and blessings. When we keep it, we declare that God is our provider, sustainer, and giver of life. We acknowledge that our success comes from him, not our efforts.
How can God not bless a person whose heart trusts in Him?
If we, being selfish, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more would our good Father not give us His blessing and good gifts in life? (Matthew 7:11)
Following are several short videos produced by Gateway Church Jewish Ministry that provide guidance on how to keep Shabbat in your home.
1 – Introduction
2 – Logistics
3 – Lighting the Candles
4 – Washing the Hands
5 – Blessing the Juice and Bread
6 – Blessing the Children
7 – Blessing the Wife
8 – Gentiles and the Sabbath