Have you ever stopped to think about where the word “holiday” came from? We are guessing you have figured it out by now. Straight out of scripture, holiday is derived from Holy Day, specifically speaking about Shabbat, and “Kadosh” being the Hebrew word for Holy. The original holy day is spoken of in Genesis 2:3, “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.” There is even a promise attached to celebrating Shabbat in Isaiah 58:14 that says, “Then you will take pleasure in Adonai, and I will make you ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the [promised] heritage of Jacob your father; for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”
The question is, is Shabbat for believers in Yeshua today? The short answer is yes, but when believers begin to judge other believers for not celebrating it, or even chastising and correcting others for celebrating it “wrongly”, it becomes an empty religious act instead of one pleasing to Adonai. In other words, we do not gather together to worship with the purpose of seeing who will look better in the Kehila (Congregation), to see who cooked the best dish, or who has the best voice, no we gather together to glorify the Name above all Names, to fellowship in gratitude and thanksgiving. Anything that takes away from Adonai being honored and glorified and brings the attention to man’s supposed holiness, we begin getting into the quagmire of Colossians 2:8-23.
So yes, we should celebrate the Holy Day, Shabbat, and treat it like a weekly holiday unto Elohim, but in the absolute freedom in Yeshua and our salvation, not as a useless religious act that glorifies man instead of YHWH. If you aren’t allowed at church, head to the park, the public square, a parking lot, any open space, a friend’s house, and celebrate Shabbat, the holy day of the week starting every Friday on sundown and ending every Saturday on sundown. Break bread, fellowship, and be like the body of Messiah in the book of Acts that stood in Solomons Porch, a public place, where thousands were healed and saved day by day. Instead of bring them to the church, now it’s time to bring the church to them. We pray you have a blessed and Holy Shabbat Shalom!