Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath. Shalom is used as a salutation by Jews at meeting or parting, meaning peace. It really means so much more though. It means to be safe in mind, body, or estate. True Biblical Shalom refers to an inward sense of completeness or wholeness. It means rest, quietness, tranquility, safety, prosperity, wholeness, well-being and protection. The Sabbath is a day of rest, quietness, and peace. It’s a time to cease from hard labor and any kind of wearisome work. It’s a time to reflect and meditate on the Lord, His goodness and His promises in His Word. We are to rest in the Lord and in His presence by faith. This is to be done by faith because believing faith rests. It says in God’s Word, that “we who have believed do enter into His rest.” Another scripture says, “He satiates the weary and replenishes every sorrowful soul.” He refreshes, replenishes, and revitalizes you in these times of rest. He will fill you with His strength and His presence. He will also give you renewed hope. This Sabbath rest is a form of loving the Lord and obeying His commandments. It’s a time of seeking Him and drawing near to Him. It’s a special time to spend with the Lord where you can worship your Creator, not the creation. It is a time that the Lord set apart as Holy and appointed for you to rest. It is a time you can become One with Him. You will be in agreement with Him and will be following Him in His footsteps, so to speak, for He rested on the seventh day from His creation which He created and made. It’s a time to have Holy intimacy with Him in a loving relationship with Him as you Seek Him, Fellowship with Him, Worship Him and Draw Closer to Him to Get to Know Him More.
(Exodus 20:8-11) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”