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Ask the Rabbi - What is the importance of Shabbat Rest?
Many people today suffer the effects of a hurried, stress-filled life. This
is often seen in our yearnings for simpler times, and even in our nostalgia.
Retro automobiles, remakes of old TV series, and comic book characters all
speak of our desire for a more peaceful, less hurried life.
Scripture tells us G-D wants us to have life and to have it (experience it)
abundantly. So how come we are suffering so much stress, ill health,
depression, and relationship issues?
Our fallen nature, along with many temptations of the adversary, have
created an environment which breeds stress, depression and discontent.
Yeshua said, "The Shabbat was made for man." We get so hung up on the second
part "not man for the Shabbat" that we fail to recognize a great truth. G-D
gave Shabbat as a blessing, not a curse.
Imagine, stopping one day, no TV, no running around busily from place to
place, no running off to the store. Just a day to sleep late, study
Scripture, pray, enjoy family, and worship G-D.
I was listing to the radio driving to work Tuesday (I work by the airport,
so it's a good hour's drive), and I believe G-D brought a very important
point to my mind.
We know Scripture states over and over that Messiah went to the Synagogue on
Shabbat. Scripture even notes, "as He was accustomed to do." That means He
did it consistently. While He did heal on Shabbat, that is not one of the 39
prohibited classes of actions forbidden on Shabbat, thus He kept Shabbat