Rest or Sabbath is not easily grasped in our non-stop society of the west. Let’s take a look at what it means to God.
is Strong’s #7673 and it is defined:
- to cease, desist, rest
- to cease
- to rest, desist (from labour)
- (Niphal) to cease
- to cause to cease, put an end to
- to exterminate, destroy
- to cause to desist from
- to remove
- to cause to fail
- (Qal) to keep or observe the sabbath
shâbath, shaw-bath’; a primitive root; to repose, i.e. desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causative, figurative or specific):—(cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
Let’s take a look at each letter and see what we can discover:
Shin 300 = Victory of good over evil, Holy Spirit. Means: Teeth, Fire, the Zeal or Fire of God to consume all His enemies, Devour, Destroy, Something Sharp.
Bet 2 = Divide or Division Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place (Temple)
Tav 400 = the Outcome of Trial and Testing. Picture: a Rough Cross. Means: Cross, Covenant, Seal, Mark, a Sign, Ownership, Finished or Complete.
With these definitions in mind, we can say that Rest, Sabbath, or Shabbat is the fiery zeal of God destroying our enemies reminding us that we are His family and are in covenant with Him.
The celebration of Rest, Sabbath, or Shabbat make us different from the world. It marks us as God’s family.
Some note that Israel and the Jews have kept Sabbath or Shabbat for centuries. It is said however, that “the practice of Shabbat has kept the Jewish people for centuries.” This weekly reminder and celebration has kept them connected with Who they are and Whose they are. Even during the holocaust when they were in the concentration camps, there are stories they saved one dry crust of bread and a small cup of water and practiced Shabbat.
This weekly day of Rest or Shabbat, is said to be a picture of the millennial reign with Yeshua, where there will be no fear or striving.
Shabbat is also considered to be a wedding or engagement ring, marking Yeshua’s Bride. “Hands off, she belongs to Me.”
Shabbat Shalom. Covenant Peace in Yeshua.
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