The Sabbath is first mentioned in the book of Genesis 2:2-3: “On the 7th day God had finished the work he had been doing so on the 7th day he rested from all his work then God blessed the 7th day and made it holy because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” In Exodus 31:1-3 God told Israel “you shall most certainly observe my sabbaths for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations so that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you and set you apart.” The Shabbat is what separates us from the rest of the world. When we guard the holiness of the Shabbat we are walking in obedience to God’s commandment.
Is the Shabbat only for Jews?
The Sabbath existed long before the nation of Israel. God gave Israel the Shabbat as a sign that we are a holy people separated onto him. However, in Isaiah 56:6-7 God made a promise to the non-Jew who honors His holy Shabbat: “and foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him to love the name of the Lord and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold faster my covenant these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my House of prayer their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar for my house will be called a House of prayer for all the nations.” The word Sabbath or Shabbat is Hebrew means rest. It is a picture of the rest that awaits us under the millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua. Scripture teaches us that even in the millennial Kingdom, the peoples of the nations will observe the Shabbat. “From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 66:23).