We are commanded to keep the Shabbat (Sabbath). So it’s important to understand how exactly do we keep the Sabbath day holy? I will explain in the following:
There is not a single verse in the entire Scripture that removes or changed the Sabbath, but there are over 100 verses that teach and command to keep it!
The reason we keep the Sabbath is to be obedient to the Creator who has commanded that all people keep this day set aside to worship Him and to rest our bodies from 6 day weekly work. We are obedient to the Creator through this process because it brings blessings, avoids curses and makes us children of the Most High, and it’s a sign or mark between us and the Creator! We obey this important fourth Commandment to be faithful and loyal to Yahweh.
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctify them…Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am Yahweh your Elohim.” – Ezekiel 20:12, 20.
People who do not keep the Sabbath day holy are disobedient to the Creator and instead follow the enemy, Satan, who has tried to deceive the world into breaking the true Sabbath Commandment by breaking it completely and Satan has even deceived millions into keeping a counterfeit Sabbath, the DAY OF THE SUN, known as SUNday, because Satan knows if you break the true Sabbath you will disobey and dishonour the Creator and eventually fall victim to plagues, curses, disease, illness and eventual eternal destruction and refusal to enter heaven!
Those who keep the true Sabbath are sealed with a sign/mark of the true Creator, and those who keep the counterfeit and false day of the SUN (SUNday) are sealed with the sign/mark of the Satan, Pope and false church!
The Creator even set an example for us in the second chapter of Genesis, when He rested from all work on the seventh day, and sanctified it forever!
If we do not encourage our children to be obedient to the Most High and keep His Sabbath, the younger generation will end up completely turning their backs on Yahweh and His Holy day!
Weekly, people, including children, have a weekly appointment with the Creator, every Sabbath which they are commanded to keep holy. Parents have a commandment upon them to teach the Sabbath to their children!
But how does a true follower of the Most High Yahweh keep the Sabbath day holy?
That is a question we should take seriously because there are many blessings attached to keeping the Sabbath day holy, and curses upon those who do not.
Deuteronomy 5:13-14 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your Elohim. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.
This is a commandment that we rest from all work, but also all those who work for us are also to rest, that is a commandment! If you are a business owner, it is forbidden to have any your employees working while you rest on the Sabbath day. This commandment also includes everyone we temporarily hire to work for us, we are forbidden to allow them to perform any work on our behalf. For example, when we go shopping on the Sabbath, the salesperson is working for us by serving us and charging us money while they themselves do paid work which is forbidden.
Also anytime we purchase something on the Sabbath such as food or clothing etc, we are encouraging and employing people to work on the Sabbath which is forbidden by the Creator to do! Also, anytime we hire someone on the Sabbath to perform a work related task on the Sabbath, e.g renovate our house, sell or rent something on our behalf or do a job for us, we are willfully breaking the Sabbath commandment and that brings dangerous consequences!
Nehemyah warns and rebukes buying and selling very sharply in the following:
Nehemyah 13:15 (NKJV) In those days I saw [people] in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all [kinds] [of] burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned [them] about the day on which they were selling provisions. 16 Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold [them] on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, “What evil thing [is] this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day? 18 “Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our Elohim bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath.”
And in Nehemyah 10:31 (NIV), we read, “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day.”
So buying and selling, and having others work for us is forbidden on the Sabbath! So is going to restaurants and shopping for anything. The 24 hour Sabbath is a day of rest, fellowship, focus on the Creator, worship Him, sing, read the Scriptures, watch a Yahweh video, and prayer. The Sabbath is not a day for doing our own thing or own pleasures:
“Keep the Sabbath day holy. Don’t pursue your own interests on that day, but enjoy the Sabbath and speak of it with delight as Yahweh’s holy day. Honor the Sabbath in everything you do on that day, and don’t follow your own pleasures, nor speaking thine own words. Then you shall delight yourself in Yahweh; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of Yahweh has spoken.” – Isayah 58:13-14.
So keeping the Sabbath day holy not only means that we aren’t to buy or sell, or have others work for us, or have others sell or rent something for us, but also means that we are to refrain from our own pleasures and own interests such as having friends over to talk worldly matters, watching sporting events, worldly television and worldly movies, playing computer games, gathering with others to talk about worldly things, shopping, and self-centered and self-focused things etc. We are not even to speak our own words! Even our conversations should be about Yahweh and His Holy Word and not our own topics. Meditate on Yahweh, read the Scriptures, praise Him, think about the blessings you have in your life, sing to Him, listen to a righteous sermon about Yahweh, watch a Scriptural movie, focus completely on the Creator and His Word during the Sabbath. And remember, you are important during the Sabbath, to REST from all worldly worries, concerns and work. Also a good time to catch up on sleep if needed.
The Creator created us, He knows our minds and bodies, we need at least 24 hours each week to refresh ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, psychologically and physically. It should be a day of delight, something to look forward to each week, where we can fully refresh ourselves and our bodies and minds. Yahweh never made our bodies to withstand constant labor or worldly worries, day after day, 7 days per week. The human bodies need quality weekly rest and worship to be at its peak performance and to be healthy.
Here is Moses telling the children of Israel what they should do in preparation for the Sabbath:
Exodus 16:23 (NKJV) Then he said to them, “This [is] [what] Yahweh has said: `Tomorrow [is] a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to Yahweh. Bake what you will bake [today], and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ”
On preparation day, the day and time before Sabbath begins at sundown Friday, we should prepare our food that will be eaten on the Sabbath so that we will not have to cook or prepare it on the Sabbath.
Some will argue that it’s acceptable to the Creator to cook and wash dishes etc on the Sabbath, they put false words into the Creator’s mouth! My question to them is, “Do you agree that the Sabbath Commandment commands to REST on the Sabbath and not do any work or choirs?” People will usually answer “Yes!”. Then ask them, “Do you believe cooking and washing dishes for example is considered REST or work/choirs?”. Well it’s definitely not considered REST! What we do is simply rinse food from any plates and utensils and then leave them in the sink and then wash them properly after sundown Saturday.
Yahweh expects and commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy. People who refuse will be considered to be an unlawful and disobedient person and will face the consequences! And those who make excuses, e.g “But I have to work on Sabbath to feed my family”, or “I have to buy something on the Sabbath because I need it”, or “I need to sell something on the Sabbath or else my family will go broke and become homeless.”, or “someone has to work on my house”, or “I must talk about self-focused and worldly things because….” etc….those kind of excuses just reveal a lack of faith and a rebellious attitude, of wanting to do things THEIR WAY and not YAHWEH’S WAY. Careful foresight and planning will enable people to get all those things done outside of the Sabbath.
Some also argue that they will loose their job if they start keeping Sabbath day Holy and be out of work. But I personally have known a man who did tell his boss he no longer will work on the Sabbath due to religious beliefs, and he was allowed to keep his job anyway.
Another situation, a man did lose his job because he said he cannot work on Sabbath anymore, and as a result, he ended up getting a better job that even paid more money.
So to argue and say that it is impossible for someone to refrain from going to work on the Sabbath or having someone work for them on the Sabbath, or they would be fired and then not have any money, shelter or food is a faith lacking and sinful attitude because Yahweh will provide for those who repent of their sins and obey Him. We do not need to be concerned about our lives, money, shelter and food if we are obeying His Sabbath for the Father in heaven will provide for you and your family due to your obedience to His Commandments. Please read Matthew 6:25-34 if you are worried about tomorrow and being without what you need.
In regard to genuinely helping people on the Sabbath, only help people or animals that have an emergency, a health or life threatening situation where only you can save their life, or are needed to sustain their life! Also, it’s acceptable to work if you work full time as a Veterinarian, Doctor or Nurse or at a Medical Centre or Hospital, or work as an Aged Carer, or work with the Disabled. We also believe it’s acceptable for a parent who have a baby to look after that baby and provide any care that is needed because a baby cannot look after or feed themselves.
We believe anything outside of this, even “helping” animals or people that are not in a health or life threatening situation, would be considered sinning on the Sabbath. If it’s not a health or life threatening situation, it can safely and righteously wait till after the Sabbath has ended.
The Creator asks you keep the weekly appointment with Him, to invest quality time with Him!
So, we can see that Yahweh wants us to keep His Sabbath Holy by not working, buying, selling, causing others to work for us, speaking self-centered and self-interest words or doing our own pleasures on the Sabbath. And why is this so important? Because those who continue to willfully break the Sabbath Commandment will never enter heaven and will receive the plagues and Mark of the Beast which are to come.
If you want to learn more, for a deeper study about the Sabbath, please read this article.