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Sabbath or Shabbat, how do you observe it?

How to keep the Sabbath is one of the most popular questions I get. In this video Io about how my family and I observe the Sabbath and suggestions for how can observe the Sabbath also.


45 thoughts on “How Do You Observe The Sabbath?

  1. I was Raised Baptist, by a wonderful Father, who also was and still is a Pastor.  We do disagree on a few things in the Scriptures.  My wife and I recently started celebrating the Sabbath, on the proper day.  I’ve never understood how someone would expect to keep 9 of the 10 Commandments while throwing the 10th Out?  My opinion is…We either abide by them ALL or throw them ALL out!!!  I’m not inclined to start murdering or stealing or Idol Worship, so why would I throw out those…so I must, in good conscience, keep the entire 10.  I too was very confused about HOW to celebrate the Sabbath, but I’ve got the same answer from all Knowledgeable of the Jewish Traditions and keeping the Sabbath…Pray and Ask God for guidance.   I find that the most FREEing part of the Sabbath…Just Keep it HOLY!!!  I came across the same problem…My elderly father needed help on the Sabbath.  Jesus would have helped anyone in TRUE NEED, even on the Sabbath, in my opinion…so why can’t I help, only when asked on the Sabbath, yet be the “Example” of what Jesus was…Not like the Pharisees.  I helped till another young man showed up, then left them to finish…My father knows I celebrate the Sabbath and does respect me for it and I respect him for understanding our differences in opinions.
    God Bless, Thank You for your posts.  They are NOT in vain…They are greatly appreciated by those that care to keep the Sabbath and do as God Commanded.

    • Allow me to turn the whole straw man argument around. Those who question (Don’t believe) that the 10 commandments are done away immediately ask if it’s okay to kill and rape. BUT the real issue at hand is the fact that the pharisees were trying to gain salvation through the works of the law by simply not committing murder and adultery. Christ then came and established His law saying that if you have hate and lust you are guilty. This is the root of the issue, that Christ wants us to bear Fruit, but not just look for external commandments to guide us (Matthew 7:15-20). It is only by having Christ that we can do want God truly wants us to do (John 15:5). And that is why we are to look to His Spirit instead of the law (2 Corinthians 3:6-17). Those who look to the Old law are looking backwards that will cause you to look away from Christ, who is a better Covenant (Galatians 4:21-5:6, Romans 7:4-6, Hebrews 7:12-22). When we bear fruit we are walking in the truth of the Spirit, which is higher than the law; therefore no need of it.

      Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

  2. What I do on Shabbat… I shin, bet, tav – I enter into the house of the covenant and let the old week be consumed, rest and be purified for the new week. Shabbat shalom!

  3. My view of it is that you should not work i.e. whatever you’re employed in. For me, I’m a university student so I don’t do any of my academic work on Sabbath. I also don’t work for my employer on Sabbath. Jesus says in Mark 2:27 that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. It’s supposed to be a blessing to us, a rest from the busy world we have to live in. I look forward to Sabbath as it’s a day I can meet with like-minded people and have peace of mind from whatever else occurs the other 6 days. 

    If you have a family, spend time with your wife and kids as a lot of people sacrifice family for work (albeit without choice in the matter). If you’re up early in the week, sleep in. The congregation I worship at meets at 12 noon, so those who work can rest. Sabbath shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a relaxed, joyous day where one can ‘take a breather’ so to speak and most importantly, fellowship with YHWH. 

    • According to Jewish tradition, yes, but not according to Scripture:
      “And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the **** day.”
      If a day ENDS in the morning, the next BEGINS in the morning. Simple!
      For just one example:
      “And when you bring a slaughtering of thanksgiving to יהוה, bring it for your acceptance.
      It is eaten that SAME DAY, leave none of it till morning. I am יהוה.”
      You see, your day cannot begin at night if you are to leave none till morning.

  4. we spend time as a family , biking sometimes hiking with a picnic too We watch teachings . Listen to worship or sing it ourselves. Once my Father who doesn’t follow Torah came and was very hungry , he is also diabetic I cooked him a meal to make him feel better. Usually we don’t cook heavy meals.
    and I think your friend helping you with your leak is justified I remember in scripture that if your neighbours cattle or sheep falls in a ditch or well to go and help him get it out. I think doing good on Shabbat is loving and I don’t think YHWH is upset by that.

  5. Don’t be double minded..either keep the Sabbath on the Sabbath or be in 
    error and be a sunday worshipper and watch others work at football et cetera
    …think about it.

  6. Yahweh Himself looked back over his work week and looked at his work and found peace , satisfaction and Joyful rest. We play Zach Bauer, 119 Ministries, P Nisan, etc study videos, a few live Sabbath / Messianic sermon sites. We hike in the summer as we live in WA state and have some awfully beautiful mountains and trails to enjoy. Their are no Messianic groups to fellowship with here to my knowledge. We enjoy music very much during the Shabbat hours.
     My wife and I are in our 60s so we find that a good nap is very welcomed also.

    • +Allen Maynard Thank you Allen. BTW my last name is Nison 🙂 Shalom Bro. You should join us for our Friday night hangouts.

  7. God doesn’t call us to follow each OTHER but to keep HIS Sabbath HOLY. We are to rest from OUR daily labors and to draw closer to HIM! Jews are legalistic!

  8. In the old times they used the Sabbath to fast and to pray in the temple! But, Yahshua is the example of what to do in the Sabbath. When we read Isaiah 58:1-14 we find that the father want of to do all this work as the Yahsua did when he was preaching ” Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”

    Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

    Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

    Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

    Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

    Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

    Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

    Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

    Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

    Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

    And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

    And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

    And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

    If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

    Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

  9. I am new to The Faith. I have never kept the Sabbath. Today is the first time I am finding information on what to do or not do. I have learned a lot. I will pray and keep The Sabbath as a day for God.

    • +Torah Life Ministries “And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the **** day.”
      If morning is the END of a day, therefore it also marks the BEGINNING of the next, no?
      Much respect.

    • Nope. Friday and Saturday are pagan/gregorian. Use luni-solar calendar. Search the bible for “day = daytime = 12hrs”. 6am to 6pm approx.

    • +Mar Son of Jo Paganism aside, The Genesis account defines the seven day cycle and the evening to morning is included in the definition of a complete day:
      “Elohim created the ****. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the **** day.
      A “day” ENDS in the morning, therefore the next BEGINS in the morning.
      sunrise – create – evening – morning (a creation day)

  10. Me & my family observe the Sabbath. We will attend fellowship every other Sabbath. Other Sabbaths we fellowship together at home. We love Sabbath. I prepare our sabbath meal Friday morning. I clean Friday’s before 3pm. We do not shop, do chores or spend time on computers or smartphones on sabbath. It’s all about spending quality time with God & family. We leave the cares of the world alone. That is what God has placed in our hearts to do. It’s Friday afternoon so Happy Sabbath everyone!

  11. When emergencies arise, we have permission to deal with it, helping on the Sabbath I think is allowed, but we know ourselves if we are acting out of love towards God and our fellow man or it’s an act of disobedience.
    I have even (a few times) mowed an elderly man’s small lawn, it was the only day it could be done and he was recovering from open heart surgery. I could have done it any day, but it was his need on the day that he couldn’t have me there any other day. So 30 minutes of work for another, I asked God’s forgiveness, there was no disobedience in my heart, only the need to show true spiritual love. When I have a choice, I will never work on the Sabbath, no shopping, very light cooking (microwave) or making sandwiches, but most important is spending time in His Word.
    May God use everything we do or don’t do to bring us closer to Him.

  12. The Sabbath (שַׁבָּת) (Shabbat)
    Is supposed to be a day of rest from all other activities that are considered “any type of labor (e.g. buisness and meetings, appointments, cleaning, church, shopping, running everyday errands, schooling, sports, training of any type, mending to your cattle, selling or trading, or hard/easy labor…etc.) You are not suppose to “handle any of your worldly buisness(.),” but yet preserve this day onto the Lord. In other words, this is the time to appreciate Our Creator and all Our Creator has created for us (by creating our universe, time, and our life, and all life in which we exist by)… Since Our Creator rested on the Sabbath Day (whom orignially created and initiated the Sabbath Day by his actions alone (respectfully)), so should we, if we wish to respect the simple laws of Our Creator sincerely and exclusively. We relax, pray and praise Our Creator, give thanks by loving each other and being in the spiritual moment , and repeat, until The Sabbath Day is complete. 😇All grace and glory be to Our Great Creator!!!

    “Keep it Holy!” Simply implies “Do not commit any sins upond this day (e.g. like drinking, doing drugs, smoking, profanity, watching, listening, or doing bad or evil activities for entertainment, being dirty or nasty with each other, ourselves, and our planet… Our Creator created for us, littering, destroying Our Creators creation in any way, having any type of sexual relations, being rude or mean to anyone or anything, being unkind, being inconsiderate, abusing anyone or thing, killing anyone or thing, etc.) in other words do not do anything Our Savior would not do!!!

    • Jesus physically rescued a sheep from the well on the sabbath and said it was ok to do good work on the sabbath and for a man to take sabbath (rest) on the lord he has to first seize from his works and trust in christ

    • Amen keeping the Shabbat Holy to Yah is my hearts desire to please him. It’s hard when my family wants to go shopping and go out to eat. I tell them that it is the Sabbath day a day of rest and reading of his word. I’m just started keep the Sabbath day this year. Yahweh our creator has revealed his Torah in my spirit. I know I’m saved through the blood of the Lamb Yeshua Ha Mashiyach HalleluYah B blessed

  13. We get up late and have Torah study around 11 for a couple of hours including new testament and Jasher and Enoch. We do not spend money. My wife is starting to make a big batch of food on Fridays so we have an awesome mid-afternoon meal. Our weekends feel longer now. My teenage boy doesn’t spend much time with the family, but in the 3 months we’ve been doing this he is actually there ready to go and he almost seems eager to do the bible reading…it’s astonishing…the power of God’s word. Quiting church and keeping the Sabbath is the best decision I ever made.

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