Shabbat Shalom

“The Shabbat (Sabbath)“

This week’s reading is Exodus 13:17-17:16

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Beshalach, one learns about the uniqueness of the Shabbat. It is clear from many places in the Scriptures that the Shabbat is connected to rest. I have heard many people state that of course we need at least one day to rest each week. This has led many to wrongly conclude that as long as a person rests one day each week he is keeping what I hear called the “Sabbath principle.” The question that I would like to pose in this article is whether the “Sabbath principle” is Biblically sound? In other words, was the intent of the Lord giving the Shabbat to teach humanity to take one day off each week?

To this question I answer an emphatic no! First of all, the term “rest”, to which Scripture is referring, is not a physical rest nor was the Shabbat commandment given to all humanity, but only to those who had a covenantal relationship with G-d. It is important for one to understand that the Shabbat is more spiritual in nature than physical. Secondly, one reads in the weekly Torah reading,

“And he said to them what the L-rd spoke, ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath, a holy rest to the L-rd. Bake what you want to bake and cook what you want to cook and all which is left over, set aside for yourselves for a keeping unto the morning.’ They put away it until morning just as Moses commanded them and it did not stink and there was not in it (any) worms.” Exodus 16:23-24

One learns earlier in this same chapter that if a person put away that which was left over for the next day on any other day of the week but the sixth day, then it would be infested with worms. The obvious conclusion is that this miracle of keeping the food fresh for the Shabbat is based upon the fact that the L-rd sanctified the Sabbath day and not any day of our choosing.

The message regarding the Shabbat and for that matter all the “appointed days” is to get on the L-rd’s calendar and schedule, rather than expecting Him to bless our schedules. Responding to G-d’s time table demonstrates faith and a desire to have Him order our lives, rather than believing that He is going to react to our agendas. In other words, one will find blessing when he or she enters into G-d’s purposes and plans, rather than praying for Him to take an interest in what we have going on in our lives.

6 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom”

  1. A day set aside to rest in the Lord. To make the Sabbath a Holy Day. It would be nice if we could ,or would make each day Holy . G-d is Holy and wants us to be Holy

  2. I just had this conversation with a loved one recently. Her Pastor taught it was good to rest, and pick the day that works for you. That’s not what I read in the Bible or what Jesus practiced. So thank you for the insightful consideration that we enter God’s time table and He orders our lives. #ShabbatShalom #ImLearning

  3. My husband and I started to observe Shabbat when we received revelation, after listening to teachings from LoveIsrael and Seed of Abraham ministries. The beauty of observing Shabbat is that it made us aware of how earthly focused, and self focused, we had become. Because of this revelation, we are now able to “taste and see” that the L-rd is good.” (As I m writing this, I realized that maybe I should have waited until Shabbat was over to post this. But we are so thankful to have received this teaching)

  4. Diane Harrington

    Thank you Baruch for your commentary on the Torah portion. Baruch HaShem for His Shabbat! 💙🙏🇮🇱😊

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