HEBREW WORD STUDY –
Hebrew word שַׁבָּת, ‘shabbat’ Shin Beth Taw
First the word sabbath in Hebrew means to cease ongoing activity.
The Sabbath is a day to pause and take a walk with God.
Hebrew Word Study – Shabbat and Rest –
Shuv שוב Shin Vav Beth
There is an interesting play on words for the word return. The word used for return is shabata. Looks familiar?
“It should come from the same root as the word for Shabbat which means to rest, except that the Masoretes in the seventh century AD put a short a under the Shin rather than a long a, making the root word shuv which means to return or restore. The original Hebrew was written without these long and short vowels so it is debatable as to whether this word could come from the root word shabbat or the root word shuv. The believe among Hebrew scholars is that the intent was both in order to have a play on words. Thus, we are to return to our resting upon God and not the arm of the flesh.”