Mark 15:42, “This all happened on Friday, the day of Preparation, the day before the Sabbath.”
Did you know that there is actually a day that is called the day of Preparation? Most versions of the Bible translate Preparation with a capital P. It is a significant day. An important day.
The name the Israelites used for Friday, the sixth day of the week, was “Preparation Day.” In the Greek language, this is true even today!
In the very beginning of time, Yahweh established the principle of a day of rest. It is His gift to us. But, as with many of our Father’s gifts, we often do not realize their importance, or even their blessing.
But HE never tells us to do something without giving us a way of doing it.
You cannot enjoy a day of rest, unless you have a day of Preparation the day before!
Friday is here and at our home that means cleaning and baking day! We do a thorough clean of the house which includes sheets, toilets, dusting, etc. Each child has their set of chores that they are responsible for and the younger two have an older sibling to learn from that they are paired up with. Afterwards we make our Jewish Challah bread for our Friday night (Shabbat) meal. The word Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath, which means rest. The girls and I enjoy baking and will generally make dinner rolls or pretzels and then cinnamon rolls for Sabbath (Saturday) morning. We also like to make extra food today so I do not have to cook tomorrow. After all, it is a resting day and a day to enjoy the family! So I like to make our meals ahead and stay out of the kitchen on the Sabbath until Sundown which is when the new day starts according to scripture. Our children are learning that we are honoring the Father in everything we do. When we obey Him, there is a true joy and so much peace in our lives. His ways are so much better and as we all know so well, they are SO different from our own.
Click Here to read a fabulous article that is very well written of the importance of this day.
There remains a keeping of the Sabbath for Yahweh’s people, now (Hebrews 4:9) and in the Kingdom (Isaiah 66:23).
Having said all of this I truly understand that many woman work and it’s difficult to do all of this in one day. My advice is to try to do a little all week long so that you can really rest and not have to worry about the laundry or the food, etc. Most important is that you set the twenty-four hours aside to honor our Heavenly Father as commanded. What a gift we can delight in!