Q: How do I become His Sabbath Rest?
A: I believe that becoming His Sabbath Rest will differ slightly for each person, even though the Biblical principles should be the same. When I speak of becoming His Sabbath Rest, it not something yucky and legalistic. It has been quite an organic process for me. The more time that I spend in His Presence and in His Word, the more naturally/supernaturally my body, soul, and spirit powers down and settles into the seventh day Sabbath when I surrender to Him and His ways.
Yes. I said, “the seventh day Sabbath.” Significantly, what I am experiencing resonates at the frequency of the Word of God: “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all of His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3 NKJV). If you study each of the seven days of creation, you will notice that unlike the other six days, the seventh day was not closed, so that His people can enter into it by doing as He did – resting from all our work to get rejuvenated.
One of the most delightful books I have come across is Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book called “The Sabbath.” He shares: “The art of keeping the seventh day is the art of painting on the canvas of time the mysterious grandeur of the climax of creation; as He sanctified the seventh day, so shall we. … Our keeping the Sabbath day is a paraphrase of His sanctification of the seventh day.”
As believers know, Messiah Yeshua and our Heavenly Father are supposed to be a continual focus in our lives. On the Sabbath, I endeavor to keep Him my continual focus, even more; AND I rest in that relationship, seeking not to do my own thing: “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride in the high hills of the earth, And feed you the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13-14 NKJV).
Practically speaking, I now see the process of becoming His Sabbath Rest, as a lovely weekly date with my Beloved. For instance, I will converse with Yeshua, as I take a leisurely walk, a nap, or a lengthy shower. I will sit quietly with Him with a cup of tea. I will read and meditate on His Word, asking Him to teach me. I will pray to Him, giving Him all my concerns. Sometimes, I simply ask Him what He thinks. Sometimes, all I can do is come to Him with a heavy heart and ask Him to hold me and help me. Most Sabbaths, I spend quite a bit of time staying in His arms, as we hold each other. It really is so wonderful and intoxicating. I know that I was born for this. To be in a oneness relationship with my Beloved.
Setting aside Friday night to Saturday night is a lot easier said than done, especially when most of society worldwide flows to a different rhythm. This is how I am striving to enter His rest and become His Sabbath Rest.
I am discovering a profound reality that the ancient saints called the Sabbath a bride. When the people of Israel stood at Mount Sinai, the Lord told them to “remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it” (Exodus 20:8). The Hebrew word for “to sanctify” is le-kadesh, which means to consecrate a woman to be betrothed.
The Hebrews have such an exquisite gem for humanity. The idea of the Sabbath as a bride has been retained by Israel in their hymn Lechah Dodi, which is chanted when they corporately meet together. Even the sanctification over the wine is explained that just as the wedding ceremony is performed over a cup of wine, so the Sabbath is “the bride that enters the chupah.” To this day the meal that ends the seventh day Sabbath on Saturday night is called “the escort of the queen.” The Sabbath represents a queen as well as a bride, which we are when we enter His rest.
May you enjoy your quest in discovering “He is My Sabbath Rest, and I am His.”
Give em heaven!!!
Written January 30, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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