The Sabbath and Kingship

The Psalms for the receiving of the Sabbath

or Kabbalat Shabbat קבלת שבת have

common theme: The Kingship of HASHEM.

In actuality the celebration of Shabbat is a

declaration of the Kingship of HASHEM.

The reason these Psalms have been chosen

for Kabbalat Shabbat קבלת שבת is because

they declare the Kingship of HASHEM,

and the declaration and acceptance of

the Kingship of HASHEM

causes us to enter into the rest

that resides in the authority of HASHEM.

Nothing has power over HASHEM.

The acknowledgment of this fact

brings us into a place of rest

in our minds, and in our souls.

It is a delight.

It is taking a vacation

from the stress, and worries,

and troubles of this world.

The world lies in wickedness.

But HASHEM is holy,

and he is enthroned far above

all these ‘other gods.’

The declaration and receiving

of his Kingship brings us into

a sense of peace שלום and well being,

which is immediate,

and far beyond anything

our own work could accomplish.

It is the Sabbath or the rest of HASHEM.

We can relax and recline

in the safety of the

shadow of his wings בצל עליון.

In this place we become

renewed, refreshed, and strengthened.

We have a sense of the royalty of HASHEM

upon ourselves, and we are clothed

with royal apparel.

We will follow with some of

the declarations of the Psalms.

In Psalm 95:3.

“For a Great G-d is HASHEM,

and a great King over all gods.”

כי אל גדול יהוה

ומלך גדול על כל אלהים:

In Psalm 96:4-5.

“HASHEM is great,

and greatly to be praised;

he is awesome (terrible)

above all gods.

All the gods of the peoples

are idols (nothings);

But HASHEM made the heavens.”

כי גדול יהוה

ומהלל מאד

נורא הוא

על כל אלהים:

כי כל אלהי העמים אלילים

ויהוה שמים עשה:

In Psalm 97:1,7,9.

“HASHEM reigns;

let the earth rejoice;

let the numerous isles be glad.

Worship him, all you gods.

Ashamed will all those be

who serve images,

who praise themselves

in worthless idols.

HASHEM is exceedingly exalted

far above all gods.

HASHEM is the most high

above all the earth.”

יהוה מלך תגל הארץ

ישמחו איים רבים:

השתחוו לו כל אלהים:

יבשו כל עבדי פסל

המתמללים באלילים:

כי אתה יהוה עליון

על כל הארץ

מאד נעלית על כל אלהים:

In Psalm 98:3

“All the ends of the earth

have seen the Messiah (Yeshua)

of our G-d.

He remembers his mercy

and his faith

to the house of Israel.”

ראו כל אפסי ארץ

את ישועת אלהינו:

זכר חסדו

ואמונתו לבית ישראל:

In Psalm 99:1,2,4.

“HASHEM reigns;

the nations tremble;

He sits between the cheribims,

the earth moves and shakes.

HASHEM is great in Zion;

He is high above all the people.

Mighty is the King

who loves judgment.”

יהוה מלך

ירגזו עמים

ישב כרובים

תנוט הארץ:

עז מלך

משפט אהב:

Psalm 29:10,2.

“HASHEM sits enthroned

as King forever.

Worship him in the

beauties of holiness.”

וישב יהוה מלך לעולם:

השתחוו ליהוה

בהדרת קודש:

Psalm 93:1,4.

“HASHEM reigns.

He is dressed in grandeur;

He has dressed and

girded himself with strength.

HASHEM is mighty in

awesome beauty on high.”

יהוה מלך

גאות לבש

לבש יהוה

עז התאזר:

אדיר במרום יהוה:

Finally, Psalm 92 is the royal Psalm

of the Shabbat. In its recitation we

accept upon ourselves the holiness

of the Shabbat.

But why is this Psalm chosen and not another?

The answer is that it is this Psalm

that refers not only to the weekly Sabbath,

but to the Messianic Age and the World to Come.

When the Messiah Yeshua משיח ישוע

reigns over all the earth from Jerusalem,

all will be at rest המנוחה .

This is the Day When All is Shabbat.

יום שכולו שבת

There will be no more wars,

and the lion will lie down with the lamb,

according to the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 11: 5-9.

“And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,

and faith the girdle of his reins.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,

and the leopard shall lie down with the goat,

and the calf and the young lion

and the young cow together;

And a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed;

their young ones shall lie down together:

and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play

on the hole of the asp,

and the weaned child shall put his hand

on the cokatrice’ den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy

all my holy mountain.”

והיה צדק אזור מתניו

והאמונה אזור חלציו:

וגר זאב עם כבש

ונמר עם גדי ירבץ

ועגל וכפיר ומריא יחדו

ונער קטן נוהג בם:

ופרה ודוב תרעינה

יחדו ירבצו ילדיהן

ואריה כבקר ואכל תבן:

ושעשע יונק על חור פתן

ועל מאורת צפעוני גמול ידו הדה:

לא ירעו ולא ישחיתו

בכל הר קדשי:

Then shall the melodies of praise

to HASHEM be heard from Jerusalem

throughout the hills of Judea,

and all over the land.

The Messiah Yeshua משיח ישוע

shall reign with absolute authority.

Isaiah 11:4.

“But with righteousness

shall he judge the poor,

and reprove with equity

for the meek of the earth:

and he shall smite the earth

with the rod of his mouth,

and with the breath of his lips

shall he slay the wicked.”

ושפט בצדק דלים

והוכיח במישור

לענוי ארץ

והכה ארץ בשבט פיו

וברוח שפתיו ימית רשע:

He will break the nations

like a potter’s vessel,

and rule over them

with a rod of iron.

Psalm 2:6-9.

“Yet have I set my King

upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree:

HASHEM has said to me,

You are my Son;

this day have I begotten you.

Ask of me, and I shall give you

the nations for your inheritance,

and the uttermost parts of the earth

for your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron;

you shall dash them in pieces

like a potter’s vessel.”

ואני נסכתי מלכי

על ציון הר קדשי:

אספרה אל חוק

יהוה אמר אלי

בני אתה

אני היום ילדתיך:

שאל ממני

ואתנה גוים נחלתך

ואחזתך אפסי ארץ:

תרעם בשבט ברזל

ככלי יוצר תנפצם:

The Messiah Yeshua המשיח ישוע

will require the nations

to come to Jerusalem

to celebrate the feast of tabernacles,

and he will punish them

if they refuse to come.

Zechariah 14:16-17.

“And it shall come to pass

that every one who is left

of all the nations

which came against Jerusalem

shall even go up from year to year

to worship the King,

HASHEM of the armies,

and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

and it shall be, that whoever

will not come up

of all the families of the earth

to Jerusalem

to worship the King,

HASHEM of the armies,

even upon them shall be no rain.”

והיה כל הנותר

מכל הגוים

הבאים על ירושלם

ועלו מדי שנה בשנה

להשתחות למלך

יהוה צבאות

ולחג את חג הסכות:

והיה אשר לא יעלה

מאת משפחות הארץ

אל ירושלם

להשתחות למלך

יהוה צבאות

ולא עליהם יהיה הגשם:

Then all nations of the earth

shall flow into Jerusalem

according to the words of the Prophets.

Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-7.

“And it shall come to pass

in the last days,

that the mountain of the House of HASHEM

shall be established

in the top of the mountains,

and shall be exalted above the hills,

and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say,

Come, and let us go up

to the mountain of HASHEM,

to the House of the G-d of Jacob;

and he will teach us his ways,

and we will walk in his paths;

for out of Zion shall go forth the law,

and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among the nations,

and shall rebuke may people:

and they shall beat

their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruninghooks:

nation shall not lift up

sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more.”

והיה באחרית הימים

נכון יהיה הר בית יהוה

בראש ההרים

ונשא מגבעות

ונהרו אליו כל הגוים:

והלכו עמים רבים

ואמרו לכו ונעלה

אל הר יהוה

אל בית אלהי יעקב

ויורנו מדרכיו

נלכה בארחתיו

כי מציון תצא תורה

ודבר יהוה מירושלם:

ושפט בין הגוים

והוכיח לעמים רבים

וכתתו חרבותם לאתים

וחגיתותיהם למזמרות

לא ישא גוי אל גוי חרב

ולא ילמדו עוד מלחמה:

As a result of the spiritual

and physical perfection of

the Messiah Yeshua המשיח ישוע

in his resurrection body when

he reigns on the throne of David

from Jerusalem,

the knowledge of HASHEM

will cover the earth.

Isaiah 11:9.

“For the earth shall be fulll

of the knowledge of HASHEM,

as the waters cover the sea.”

כי מלאה הארץ

דעה את יהוה

כמים לים מכסים:


יום שכולו שבת

This fulfills the desire of HASHEM

when he chose Israel as his people,

and he gave us the Torah.

He expressed this desire to us

when our fathers were in the wilderness.

Numbers 14:20-21.

“And HASHEM said,

I have pardoned (Israel)

according to your (Moses’) word:

But truly as I live,

all the earth shall be filled

with the glory of HASHEM.”

יאמר יהוה

סלחתי כדברך:

ואולם חי אני

וימלא כבוד יהוה

את כל הארץ:

This is why Yeshua ישוע said:

“The son of man is

the Lord of the Sabbath.”

It is also why

the Messiah Yeshua משיח ישוע

is called the ‘Prince of Peace.’

Isaiah 9:6.

“And his name shall be called

the prince of peace .”

ויקרא שמו

שר שלום: