Sabbath, Our Reminder

Just the other day I received a call from my son. When I answered the phone he said, “Shabbat Shalom!” I replied, “Shabbat Shalom?” to which he responded, “Why are you so shocked that I said Shabbat Shalom on the Shabbat?”

To be honest, my son was in the death-throes of higher education for the last ten years, the last 3 1/2 of which were in the medical field and very demanding on his time and his brain activity. He even told me once during those years to not talk to him as he had no more brain cell receptors! He had nowhere to put the information! As he has had about 6 months to decompress since graduating, the seeds of his childhood nurturing are starting to sprout in ways that blesses me as his mother. As the study brain cells no longer take up as much room, the original brain cells carrying his spiritual training have room to move around and reestablish themselves.

Because it was Shabbat, he wanted to chat about the Sabbath He began by asking me why God created man. My initial response was ‘to give Him glory’ believing that was the correct answer. He told me that was a good response, but was not the reason God created Adam.

Why did God create Adam? Simply, Adam was created to tend and cultivate the Garden of Eden.

“Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it” (Genesis 2:15).

As he continued his discourse about the Sabbath, my son made two observations. Man was not created to sit in a cubical working his days away. Man was created to interact with the earth. From when he was in medical school, I remembered another conversation we had about our feet and the earth. He told me that research shows numerous health benefits on the human body through the earth’s electromagnetic field. The only way to reap these benefits as a human battery made of minerals and water is to run barefoot through the grass with our feet touching the ground. In other words, get out of the cubicle, take off your shoes, wiggle your toes in the dirt or sand and be healthier. As he now lives in a place where there is a huge garden for him to tend with flowers and fruit trees, along with a goldfish pond and a little bridge over the waterway, he is being electromagnetically recharged from his years of intense battery meltdown.

The second observation was about technology. The more tech phones, computers, video games – that people become immersed in, the less they need or want God. They are electromagnetically pulled away from having a garden-conscious relationship with God because they are too busy filling their God-void with whatever the electronic devices tell them to think about and perform. Of course, even an all-consuming education or hobbies can do the same thing because nothing can fill the God-void except God. And, He has given us a way to do it when we enter into the Shabbat, and we reap a blessing.

My son continued by saying that God wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone because these were the commandments He wanted His people to really know and understand. Though there are other commandments throughout Leviticus and Numbers, these TEN are the ones that are most important to God’s heart, revealing His nature. These TEN are the ones that He handwrote for His people, us. And, Sabbath is number 4 following no other gods, idolatry, and taking His name in vain.

The conclusion of what became a study on Sabbath was that God created the Shabbat and we as His people are to remember it because He wants us to remember we were created by Him in an eternal state of rest and peace. To separate ourselves from the Shabbat, the one day that God actually set aside to meet with with us as in the Garden, is to lose all rest and peace, both spiritual and physical, and forget that one day the Shabbat will be restored for all eternity. We lose our connection with God in the present and ultimately our connection with Him in eternity.

“Then he [Yeshua] said to them, “Shabbat was made for mankind …” (Mark 2:27).

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