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Good Morning.

Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3)

In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon declared that everything has a season and that there is a reason for every season. Inferred in this statement is that once the reason for that season has served its purpose it will come to an end, giving way to the next season and the purpose it is to serve. Thus the concept that the end of one is the beginning of another, and until the one ends, the other can’t begin.

If you followed all of that then you can better appreciate the purpose of the first of the moedim, the weekly Sabbath. There is a “season” of six days that God has given us for the purpose of working — building, sowing, selling etc. Then there is the “season” that comes every seventh day called Sabbath (from a Hebrew word that means “to cease”). Its purpose is to allow us to rest, recuperate and honor the One who established it as a day to cease from our work. Unless the purpose of the first season (six days of work) comes to a stop, the purpose for the Sabbath cannot begin. If the purpose of one is overflowing into the other, then its purpose has been undermine.

We may never fully understand why God established this, and especially if we are one of those who find it hard to shut our brains down and stop all the “doing.” Nevertheless, He did and we should honor Him by honoring the Sabbath’s purpose understanding that, more than anything else, when we put our agenda on hold in order to meet Him at the appointed time, He will meet with us. As He said, it is the Sabbath of the LORD, and so, may peace and blessing reign in all of our dwellings each and every Sabbath as we allow Him into our hearts and homes.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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