The word translated "keep" (shamor) means to guard something held in trust, to protect and to watch closely. Not only are we to remember the Sabbath, but we are to guard and protect its sanctity as something of great value.
How are we to guard the Sabbath? By refraining from secular activities, usually regarded as one of the forbidden 39 categories of work (melachah) which are not appropriate for this special day.
Just as God set apart a time to focus on and honor the marvelous works of His hands, so we are commanded to regularly set apart a time to focus and honor our own creative life in God. Notice that both God and man set apart the Sabbath day and share in the glory of creative life.
Some Jewish sages have said that the Sabbath is a picture of the Olam HaBah, or world to come. In the rhythm of the Olam HaZeh, or present world, however, the Sabbath is a sacred time to become spiritually reconnected with our true identities as God's very children. Are we regularly setting apart a time to remember the sacred work of God in our lives? The Sabbath is our God-given opportunity and privilege.
Note: For more information about Shabbat, see the article on the Fourth Commandment.
Thanking God for Shabbat:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵנוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לָנוּ חַגִּים, חֻקּוֹת, וּמוֹעֲדִים לְשִׂמְחָה
לִכְבוֹד יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ אֲדוֹנֵינוּ, אוֹר הָעוֹלָם
ba·rukh at·tah Adonai E·lo·he·nu Me·lekh ha·o·lam,
a·sher na·tan la·nu chag·gim, chuk·kot, u·mo·a·dim le·sim·chah,
likh·vod Ye·shu·a ha·ma·shi·ach A·do·ne·nu, or ha·o·lam
"Blessed art You, LORD our God, King of the universe,
who has given to us holidays, customs, and seasons of happiness,
for the glory of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the light of the world."
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