What is Shabbat?

What is Shabbat? And why do you worship on Saturday and not on Sunday?

In scripture, YHVH did not give the days of the week names, except for one day, the seventh day… SHABBAT (The Sabbath). Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, SHABBAT… These are the days of the week according scripture. Shabbat literally means to Cease, to End, to REST.

… but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the YHVH your Elohim. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. Exodus 20:10

The Sabbath is the day, where we Rest from our work, from our own agendas, and set it apart to honor YHVH through our love and obedience to Him, just as YHVH the Father and Creator rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:2-3). On the Sabbath, we withhold from work. Therefore, we do not: do any regular work, cook, do household chores, go shopping, go to school, among other things. Instead, we take this time to bring in the Shabbat with family and friends, and to congregate with our spiritual family (Isaiah 58:13-14; 66:23; Hebrews 10:24-25).

There are many lovely traditions celebrated on Shabbat, some biblical, while others man-made, and we are to be cautious not to add anything that does not bring glory and honor unto YHVH (Deuteronomy 4:2). Therefore any traditions that adds or takes away from YHVH’s Word, should be prayerfully taken into consideration.
Biblical Sabbath Traditions:
  • Resting on Shabbat / Not Working
  • Congregating on Shabbat
  • Scripture reading and study
  • Worshiping and Rejoicing
  • Giving
Memorial/Symbolic Traditions (which would have been done in the temple):
  • Lighting of the Menorah
  • Continual Prayer and Blessings
Rabbinical / Man-made Traditions (which we do not adhere to in our congregation):
  • Not driving
  • Not using electricity
  • Lighting two candles
  • Candle lighting blessings which include covering one’s eyes and the drawing in of the light is Kabbalah – Jewish mysticism/witchcraft. There is no commandment to pray over the candles. Any prayers, are simply done as a memorial or voluntarily.
  • Havdalah service

Did you Know?

Did you know that Sunday is the day set aside for worshiping the Sun god? Constantine “The Great”, and the Universal Catholic church, was the one who enacted Sunday as a Sabbath day in the 300’s A.D.
Why then are so many believers forsaking the fourth commandment and celebrating the Sabbath on Sunday, instead of Shabbat?
Does YHVH change his Word? May it never be, lest He be called a liar! He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). Not a single man, group or establishment can change the Word of YHVH, for YHVH Himself will judge those who teach against His instructions (Matthew 5:17-24).