I just got this email question from someone:
I was wondering where it is stated in the Bible that the Sabbath is to be a day of shalom?
This was my response:
I don’t know if it’s explicitly stated anywhere in the Scriptures, but it’s certainly implicit. Here are scriptural reasons that immediately come to mind:
- YHVH sanctified the Sabbath, which means his blessing (including his shalom) is on it.
- It’s a moed or a divine appointment (Lev 23:1), which means YHVH will show up to fellowship with his people on this day. With him comes his love, joy and peace.
- Because it’s a day of rest and no work, then it naturally follows that with rest comes peace.
- For those of us who have walked in the Shabbat for a long time (and who have done Sunday as well), we know from experience that there is a special blessing of peace on the Sabbath like no other day. There is no shalom like Shabbat shalom!
- The Sabbath is a picture of Eden, and a prophetic picture of the Millennial kingdom of Yeshua when peace will reign on this earth. The weekly Sabbath is a foretaste of that peace that once was and is yet to come
There are probably some other examples that I could give, but this is what comes to mind quickly. Can you think of any biblical reasons that imply that the Sabbath is a day of peace? If so, please share.