The weekly or seventh day Shabbat or Sabbath is the first of the Appointed Times established by G-D in Leviticus 23. As the first of these Feasts of the L-RD the Shabbat became the foundation for all of the Feasts to follow. As the Heavens and Earth were created and completed in seven days this basis on which the calendar was established. At Brit Ahm we celebrate weekly Shabbat to demonstrate our faith in G-D’s creative power and in His redemption power.
“God completed—on the seventh day—His work that He made, and He ceased—on the seventh day—from all His work that He made. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing.” Genesis 2:2-3 TLV
“You must remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Adonai your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore Adonai your God commanded you to keep Yom Shabbat.” Deuteronomy 5:15 TLV
“So Bnei-Yisrael is to keep the Shabbat, to observe the Shabbat throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and Bnei-Yisrael forever, for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested.’” Exodus 31:16-17 TLV
“Work may be done for six days, but the seventh day is a Shabbat of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You are to do no work—it is a Shabbat to Adonai in all your dwellings.” Leviticus 23:3 TLV
“‘If you turn back your foot from Shabbat, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call Shabbat a delight, the holy day of Adonai honorable, if you honor it, not going your own ways, not seeking your own pleasure, nor speaking your usual speech, then You will delight yourself in Adonai, and I will let you ride over the heights of the earth, I will feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob.’ For the mouth of Adonai has spoken.” Isaiah 58:13-14 TLV
“Then He said to them, ‘Shabbat was made for man, and not man for Shabbat. So the Son of Man is Lord even of Shabbat.’” Mark 2:27-28 TLV
“For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So there remains a Shabbat rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered God’s rest has also ceased from his own work, just as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:8-10 TLV