G-D values time. In His economy, time is more valuable than a place. You can’t retrieve time. Once that clock ticks, there are no do-overs. Amazingly, G-D values the time that He can spend with us! He has set aside an entire day each week so that we can enjoy time and fellowship with Him. We know Adam was created on the sixth day and the seventh day was Adam’s first Shabbat. Adam spent this day in fellowship with G-D! What an exclamation point G-D was putting on how He desires to spend time with His crowning creation, man! Before Adam worked or created anything, or named a single animal, G-D made time to spend an entire day with Adam.
We call this day Shabbat. The very meaning of the word, “Shabbat” means “to cease – stop” what you normally do. G-D modeled this. He stopped creating on the seventh day; His focus was on Adam.
Exodus 31:15: “For six days work may be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must surely be put to death.”
This was the very first instruction to the children of Israel as they prepared to build the Tabernacle. Though this was a holy place, where the very presence of G-D would dwell, time with G-D was to be honored above all, even honored above this sacred place!
Exodus 31:16: “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.”
Notice in this verse that two words are used to tell us how we are to protect this sacred time with G-D. The Hebrew word for “observe”, “la-osot”, lets us know that we are to be active participants in this holy day. Shabbat is not a day that merely passes by, but a day of rest when we pursue G-D’s presence in special ways; in our food, our conversation, our family and friends, and in our focus on the Word and the beauty of His creation.
The Hebrew word for “keep” is “shamar”, and it lets us know we are to be diligent overseers of this day. Psalm 91:11 says, “The “angels guard us in all our ways.” We want our angels to be very careful in guarding us. They are “overseers” of G-D’s people. They stand guard and protect us. In the same way, we are to guard and protect the Shabbat, not allowing anything to prevent us from this special time with G-D.
What an honor to know that our Heavenly Father prioritizes time with us, even more than anything we can build for Him.
Only as we spend time with G-D can we build according to His will.