Shabbat

Jewish Ministry

Shabbat

The Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Exodus 20:8

The Sabbath is not an afterthought. It was established by God before the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were created at the end of the sixth day—just in time for the Sabbath. So, the first duty of humankind was set aside to give time to God. For Adam and Eve, that seventh day was not merely a day off from work. They hadn’t worked even one day before they were called to their first Sabbath. It’s about giving God time.

“The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.”
Exodus 20:10

The Sabbath is a beautiful picture of our ability to rest in Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8–9

The New Testament clearly teaches that we are not saved by our works. We are saved by resting in the goodness of God. Through the Sabbath, God commands people to rest in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. God has provided all that we need to enter His presence. Jesus has removed all the barriers. And we are commanded to believe it (John 6:29). Consequently, God’s people work throughout the week. Then, they set aside one day every week dedicated to God.

The Sabbath is a gift from God.

“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”
Mark 2:27

When we remember the Sabbath, we are graciously receiving a gift from God. Therefore, the Sabbath is an act of worship. Some prefer to rest at home on Saturday (as the Sabbath) and gather together for corporate worship on Sunday. Others prefer to gather together on Saturday for corporate worship. Through the Sabbath, God asks us to give Him time. He knows that we need to rest in His presence.

Here at Gateway, we offer a monthly First Friday Sabbath service. (We understand that most Jewish communities usually gather on Friday evening to celebrate the Sabbath. Yet, other Jews celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday morning.) Realizing this, we encourage you to make one of our Gateway Saturday services a regular part of your Sabbath celebration. And, we hope to see you at our next First Friday Service. You will be glad that you came.