Did you ever take a look at how many times the word ‘Sabbath’ is used in the Bible? Over 150 times. Compare that with the tithe (which is mentioned just over 50 times) and I’ve got to wonder which is more difficult for us to follow? Give ten percent of your funds to the work of the Lord, or spend an entire day with Him once a week?
Sabbath (or Shabbat)means to cease or rest. God says to honor, remember, and celebrate the Sabbath. It is His appointed time. Yeshua tells us that the Sabbath was made for us. So, if this is true, why do we fight so hard to ignore this precious gift?
The Sabbath does so many things for us.
- It rejuvenates the body and soul
- It strengthens our relationship with God
- It reminds us of who God is – the Creator
- It reminds us of creation
- It reminds us of how much God loves us
- It reminds us of our priorities – God first, then family
- It is a life-training tool (see my post, What Does the Sabbath Teach Us?)
Yes, the Sabbath does a lot for us. Today I want to talk about how it strengthens our relationship with each other.
As you know (if you’ve been following my blog) that my life has had quite a few changes – the biggest of which is my grandson moving in with me and our traditions suddenly colliding. Because he’s needed my attention, my granddaughter got jealous so in all aspects, there’s been a lot of underlying tension in the house.
The one thing I keep going back to is the importance of the Sabbath. It was the last thing God made in His creation. For me, all of Creation is a gift from God – our life, our planet, each other. So to turn our foot away from the Sabbath is a slap in the face to God of all He’s done for us.
As important a thing as it is to me, it is the one sticking point with my grandson, the one thing that drives him crazy.
Lately, I’ve learned that the Sabbath strengthens our relationship with each other.
If you didn’t read my post, ‘What Do You Do When You When You Want to Kill Your Teenagers?‘, please do.
As you’ve read, the situation in my home – for the last ten months – has not been fun. My joyous Sabbath celebrations turned to a muddled mess of fighting just to get a moment of love, joy, peace to shine in our home. Yet, as I followed God’s lead, to not push the kids to attend service, or leave them on their own while I did, we are growing into a cohesive unit.
This week, my granddaughter mentioned that she was looking forward to playing games again, and my grandson showed up on-time, rushed upstairs to change, and together we rang out ‘Shalom Aleichem’ with us ladies singing to the grandson’s beat box. And we laughed and smiled through it all!
Our dinner conversation was not all ‘me’ centered, the kids helped clear the table without being asked, and this morning we were sorry to see the time come to an end.
So you see, the Sabbath strengthened our relationship with each other. It may have taken ten months, and one big blow up, but because Sabbath was the goal, God blessed it and honored our efforts to honor Him.