She was a wise woman I am sure. She sold fine cloth and must have carefully interacted with those around her. She took time every week for what was most important to her, worship and prayer with others near the river on the Sabbath. We don’t know her prayers or who exactly accompanied her but she wasn’t alone, members of her household were there too.
This Sabbath, was no ordinary Sabbath, YAHUAH had something for Lydia on this day. He opened her heart to receive the good news of Messiah/Mashiach in her life through Sha’ul! YAHUSHA knocked on the door of her heart and she willing received Him in! She wasn’t alone in receiving YAHUSHA, people around were immersed at the same time she was!
Like her, sometimes it is time for us to go a step farther in our faith. We may have been worshiping YAHUAH for many years but now our life needs a change as did Lydia’s and others.
When YAHUAH comes and directs something to me or shares something with me, will I keep going about my ordinary day OR will I stop to receive what He has for me? Will I share what He has given me OR keep it to myself? Will I open my heart and home?
The Shabbat is truly a blessing that YAHUAH has given us. I have been keeping Shabbat for 14 years now and I love it more with each passing week. When I was a teenager, I began reading the scriptures cover to cover every year. I remember reading about the Shabbat and wondering why we were resting on the first day, I never saw that it was changing in the scriptures. In my mid-twenties, I worked up the courage to ask the church leadership that I was under at the time about the seventh day Shabbat and they pretty much just said that keeping the seventh day Shabbat was a law that we weren’t bound to anymore. On the surface I accepted their answer but on the inside I believed that they were wrong. If the fourth commandment wasn’t valid anymore, what about the other nine commandments?
Around the time that I started asking questions, I went to one of the office supply stores for a new planner and what did I find????? Planners that started on Monday making Sunday the 7th day of the week!!! What!!!!!
A few months before I turned 26, I met my husband who had grown up a Shabbat keeper. Though we had a few debates early on about the Shabbat, I knew that he was right and I was glad he showed me the historical facts revealing the whole truth.
We’ve been married a little over 14 years and the Shabbat is a permanent foundation in our home. I love it. I look forward to it. As we have continued to grow together, we have learned even more.
Here are some key verses regarding the Shabbat:
Shabbat is keep in heaven and keep by two classes of angels Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:18-19 – this was spoken to Mosheh by the angel of presence when he was on the mountain 40 days and nights (see Yovheliym 2:1 and 50:13)
Shabbath…to eat, to drink and to Bless YAHUAH. Yovheliym (Jubliees) 2:22
Shabbat is a Delight YeshaYahu 58:13-14
Shabbath is a sign through all generations. Shemoth (Exodus) 31:12-17
Shabbath…All Flesh Shall Come to Worship. YeshaYahu (Isaiah 66:22-23)