The people of Isra’el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant.
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God~Hebrews 4:9
Challah is the traditional plaited bread especially baked for Friday night and Saturday daytime (Shabbat) and other holidays.
The Sabbath (or Shabbat, as it is called in Hebrew) is one
of the best known and least understood of YHVH’s appointed times. To those who
observe Shabbat, it is a precious gift from Adonai, a day of great joy eagerly
awaited throughout the week, it is a time when we can set aside all of our
weekly concerns and devote ourselves to pleasing our Heavenly Father in the way
and at the time that He desires. Everyone knows that the seventh day of the
week, Saturday is the Shabbat. What many people do not know is that it begins
on Friday night at sundown and ends Saturday evening at sundown. One of the
great joys of Shabbat for those who have children is the blessing of our
children. Every Shabbat, every child is
prayed over and a blessing is pronounced over them, either at home by their
parents or in a Shabbat service by the Congregational Elders.
Shabbat is the most important commanded observance in YHVH’s appointed times. Shabbat is the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments, it is number 4, the one that everyone knows about but very few keep. (Exodus 20:8-11) The word ‘Shabbat’ comes from the Hebraic root Shin-Bet-Tav, meaning to cease, to end, or to rest. On Shabbat we are instructed to follow Adonai’s example by ceasing from all creative work. Shabbat is a day of rest from creative labor, a designated day to purposefully step aside from our worldly cares and to draw near to Adonai at His appointed Time. Yeshua said in John 14:15, ‘If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.’ We do, and so we keep His Shabbat, His appointed time. Shabbat, contrary to many opinions is not a burden, but truly a delight.