Did you know that work and worship are the same thing? Most people do not. The Hebrew word, abad [עָבַד H5647] is used over 290 times in scripture. It is translated: to do service, to serve, till, work, or labor. It can mean bondage, a burden, or to produce. However, it is also translated: to worship!
Burdens and Bondage
Exodus 6:5 tells us that the Hebrews were being “held in bondage” by the Egyptians.
Isaiah 14:3 and Ezekial 34:27 tell us that the Hebrews “have been enslaved.”
Joshua 16:10 tells us the Hebrews “became forced laborers.”
Isaiah 43:23-24 tells us that Yahweh has not “burdened us with offerings”, but we “have burdened him with our sins”!
Both held and bondage are the Hebrew word abad, as are the words enslaved, laborers, and burdened.
Tilling and Cultivating
Genesis 2:15 – “Then the Yahweh took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”
Genesis 4:2 – “Cain was a tiller of the ground.”
Deuteronomy 28:39 – “You shall plant and cultivate vineyards.”
2 Samuel 9:10 – “You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land.”
Ezekiel 36:9 tells us that desolate lands and even people “will be cultivated.”
Proverbs 28:19 tells us that a person who “tills the land will have plenty of food”.
Cultivate, cultivated, tiller, and tills are also the Hebrew word abad.
Work, Work, Work – All We Do Is Abad
Exodus 20:9 and Exodus 34:21 – “You will work six days” and “perform the service of Yahweh” (Joshua 22:27). The Hebrews were to “labor rigorously” with the labors which were “rigorously imposed upon them”! Nebuchadnezzar’s army received no wages from Tyre for the labor that they performed against it (Ezekiel 29:18), but instead received the land of Egypt for the labor which he performed (Ezekiel 29:20). Aaron and the Levites were “to do” the service of the Tabernacle (Numbers 3:7-8), and “to do the work of service” (Numbers 4:47). Numbers 8:11 and 8:25 also uses the words perform and work. Deuteronomy 15:19 tells us, however, the we will not “work with the firstborn”!
Work, perform, performed, imposed, and to do are also all the Hebrew word abad.
Worship– We Abad
Isaiah 19:9-23 tells us that the “manufacturers of linen” will be dejected, but that they will “worship with sacrifice and offering” and the “Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.” The “prophets of Baal and all Baal’s worshippers” were summoned by Jehu and then killed (2 Kings 10:19-22).
More importantly, throughout the scriptures we are commanded to worship/ Yahweh (Exodus 3:12, Exodus 12:31, Deuteronomy 6:13, Psalm 2:11, etc.)
Worship, worshippers, and manufacturers are also all the Hebrew word abad.
Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart as one who is serving Yahweh himself, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from him. Remember, you are a slave of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.”
Many believe that work and worship are separate concepts that have little to nothing in common. We work all week, then worship on a day of rest. The Hebrew mindset, however, sees no disconnect between work and worship – they are the same concept. Paul states it very succinctly in Colossians 3:23-24 tying in our work [abad] and serving as part of our enslavement [abad] to Yeshua!
Prophecy as foretold by the Hebrew prophets continues to unfold in an escalating pattern. The stage is nearly completely set. The great and terrible Day of Yahweh, Joseph’s Trouble, hastens forth and will not delay. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.