Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time System, Article 7


“I am Yehuveh your Elohim; walk in My statutes,
and keep My judgments, and do them;
hallow My Sabbaths;
and they shall be a sign between Me and you,
that ye may know that I am Yehuveh your Elohim.”
Ezekiel 20:19-20.

t was icy cold and the sky was steel gray, a biting wind blew against our faces, yet it seemed so nice to be outside for a little while. Cabin fever sets in early when the winters last from October to April as they seem to do in northern regions. Wrapped like mummies, my children and I were walking along a
country road when Stephen, then eleven, discovered that the ditch was ice-covered and offered a great “sliding rink.” As he stepped off the edge of the road onto the ice, it gave way with the most awesome shattering of crystalline chimes we had ever heard. We stopped in amazement.
        For the past weeks the weather had fluctuated between freezing and subfreezing temperatures and had allowed an amazing development. Water in the roadside ditch had frozen on the surface, then continued to flow away and seep into the ground, then the lowered surface had frozen again. Several repetitions of this pattern had left the ditch covered with more than a foot’s depth of ice sheets suspended about an inch apart. When Stephen stepped onto the surface, layer after layer had shattered, the tiny fragments of ice chiming together to create the awesome “music of the ice.”
        We spent the next hour enjoying the ice chimes as Stephen and Karen conquered section after section of the ditch. For me, it was a magical afternoon. The pure joy of the “music,” enhanced by my children’s delight in the activity, so enriched  the pleasure and refreshment of a day spent together. It was, for me, one of the most awesome and enduring Sabbaths I would ever spend. The charm and wonder of the day was vivid to me even as we walked past shattered ice to return home. In those moments of focused enjoyment, I felt such a keen desire to share this “joy of the Sabbath rest” with everyone! I knew the awesome wonder of the Sabbath that day!

        It is this amazing, wonderful experience of pleasure, of human association, of family bonding, of pure wonder, that
Yehuveh wants us to associate with every Sabbath day. It was for such experiences that He set this day apart. Having completed six days of creation, “on the seventh day Elohim ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which Elohim created and made.” “I gave them My sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am Yehuveh that sanctify them.” Genesis 2:2-3; Ezekiel 20:12.

Gael Bataman          
Originally Written:      
4 September 2005
Latest Update:           28 October 2008

Complete Study Guide to Article 7   

Sabbath is Our Blessing!        Spiritual Instruction and Training        Self-knowledge and Planning   
Social Opportunities        Physical Rest--True Restoration        Privileges and Opportunities       

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