Remember the Sabbath: Shabbat Shalom!
Shabbat Shalom! “If you love me, keep my commandments” Yochanan (John) 14: 15 (The words in Red).
In Mark 2:27 our Yahshua (Yeshua, Jesus) Messiah and advocate tells us “The Sabbath was made for man.”
In the plan of יהוה (YHWH), He made heaven and earth in six days and then set-apart the seventh. A day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day to our Elohim. However you view that is not the discussion today. We were made on the sixth day and then had fellowship with our Elohim יהוה (YHWH) as He rested. We rest with Him in fellowhip/companionship and in peace/shalom – the seventh day, sabbath, shabbat; hence the peace of the sabbat or shabbat shalom. The Sabbath was instituted to establish a pattern, a sign, an everlasting covenant that will mark all who chose to join in the covenant. יהוה (YHWH) created us in his own image to have fellowship with Him and share all the things He holds near and dear. The number 6 is the number of man as well as symbolizes the compasion of messiah.
Is Shabbat the same as Sabbat?
Yes indeed it is and it is for all to keep who chose to be set apart by the everlasting covenant made between Elochim and His creation. If you are created in the likeness of the Almighty creator of the universe then His Sabbath/Shabbat peace/shalom is for you as well not just for a select group as we have been misled to believe. Keeping the sabbath does not redeem your soul, that is only a gift that comes by accepting Messiah as your saviour and redeemer. But like messiah Himself said keeping the commandments blesses you and sets you apart. The Shabbat is set apart for all who are set apart. It is a sign that we serve and live for יהוה (YHWH) Elocheichem.
Who Can say Shalom?
Shabbat comes from the Hebrew word to rest and shalom means peace. All you’re doing when you say shabbat shalom is blessing someone with our heavenly father’s peace and rest. Hebrew is an action language. Hear, keep, guard, remember means obey. How can they obey if they have not heard; and how will they hear if they are not taught?
Each of the themes of the Sabbath echo the message that יהוה (YHWH) Elohim seeks our friendship and fellowship. Creation and Redemption are two of the major theses of Shabbat. That is what it means when He simply says
remember the Sabbath day to set it apart. For six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim; on it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or your resident foreigner who is in your gates. For in six days יהוה (YHWH) made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore יהוה YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart Shemot (Exodus) 20:8-11.
Definition: [set someone/something apart] to make someone or something different and special. set someone apart from someone/something: To be a feature or example of something:feature, enter into, characterize…
If there was nothing else, I would be happy to say shabbat shalom, end of story. Who does not want to be best buddies with Elohim? How hard is it to be called special by the creator of the universe. I don’t even need to read the rest of the book, I will be content just to bathe in His presence on shabbat. But please, don’t stop there. There’s more. There is blessings for obedience. Our Elohim is a covenant keeping Yah. If He says He will bless you for keeping His commandments, you better believe He will. He is the same yesterday, today and for ages un-end, l’olam vaed.
What is the correct response to Shabbat Shalom?
If someone greets you shabbat shalom the proper response is simply to bid them shabbat shalom as well…:)
We are rebellious, forsaking our Elohim and not keeping our end of the covenant. Yet He loves us so much He came down from glory to give us life anew. How do we respond to that? Such love…yet He will not let the wicked go unpunished. As you make your bed so shall you lie on it. Humble my heart oh Yah, cleanse me. Cover me with the righteousness of Messiah that I may look more like my creator each day. Repent and be saved for the kingdom of Elohim is near!! Seek Him and keep His commandments.
He will not forsake us if we love Him and keep His commandments. That is a promise that is as good as gold. The first 5 commandments teach us how to love Elohim and keep His Torah instructions so that we might be in blessed covenant. The last 5 teach us how to live in peace/shalom with one another here on earth.
So when our Messiah redeemer Yahshua was asked what was the greatest commandment; He summarized the first 5 into 1 theme called the shema today. And summarized the others about instructions to live in peace with one another into a simple love your neighbour as yourself. He did not re-invent the wheel and abolish the instructions that He Himself gave.
There is nothing new under the sun. Messiah cannot contradict His own word else He would not be the same yesterday today and forever.
So, What is the greatest commandment?
Sh’ma — listen, or hear and do
Israel, in the sense of the people or congregation of Israel or Yah’s children
lAdonai — often translated as “LORD“, it is read in place of the יהוה (YHWH) written in the Hebrew text; Samaritans say Shema, which is Aramaic for “the Divine Name” and is the exact equivalent of the Hebrew “ha-Shem”, which Rabbinic Jews substitute for “Adonai” in a non-liturgical context such as everyday speech
Eloheinu — the plural 1st person possessive of אֱלֹהִים Elohim, meaning “our God”.
Echad — the unified and cardinal number one אֶחָד
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
In essence, our Messiah Yahshua basically said the greatest commandment is to Shema-Hear and obey!! That is the greatest commandment.
Yacob (James) 2:18
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works.
How can you love Yah but forsake His sabbath?
How can you on easter (goddess ishtar/ashtoreth/astarte) eat your honey baked ham in the building where He has supposedly put His name. He says in His word do not worship me like the nations worship their gods. The ancestors of our faith were rebuked time and time again about worshiping ashtoreth, they were always tearing down the asherah poles where offerings were made to ishtar the god-mother…aka easter. All while forsaking His passover even though passover is a symbol of our redemption in the Messiah who saved us. He said before He left at His last passover to keep it for generations to come in memory of Him. How do we keep that memory? by celebrating with a ham sandwich decicated to goddess ishtar on easter sun god day? Weather the food laws still apply or not is irrelevant. Our traditions have taken precedence over our relationship. We need to fall on our faces before Yah, our Elochim in repentace. And walk in His ways, keeping His commandments.
What do Jews say on Shabbat?
- Shabbat Shalom is used any time on Shabbat by all sabbath keepers including those of the Judaic faith especially at the end of a Shabbat service. Used also preceding Shabbat almost like “have a good weekend” or Shavuah Tov (have a good rest of the week.
- Gut shabbes/good shabbos is a mix of English and Yiddish used any time on Shabbat, especially in general conversation or when greeting people.Shabbat Shalom!