WHY the Sabbath
It feels a bit strange adding the Sabbath category to my blog when there are so many others who are more qualified to write on this subject.
I do know one thing....
Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. (Matthew 5:17.) So, for our family that means honoring a traditionally timed Sabbath is done out of love and desire to be obedient.
It is my hope that as we grow into our Sabbath rest, our journey will encourage you.
Here's how it started....
Why the Sabbath? I mean, I know what the Sabbath IS, but why would someone who's not Jewish or a Messianic Jew choose to observe a day of rest on the traditional Sabbath?
I first pondered this question over a decade ago. I had befriended a lady who was a born again Christian and also observed a traditional Sabbath. She explained to me that while she was saved by Jesus' redemptive death and Resurrection, her family chose to observe the Sabbath purely out of love and obedience. And out of that love and obedience flowed a blessing over her life that I have rarely seen ever since!
I was intrigued by this formal day of rest and wanted so much to have this in my household. My husband, however, did not share the same view. It would take over 10 years of prayer and mentioning "it" here and there before he too understood the beauty of purposeful rest .... and the resulting blessing.
So, here we are. Two born again Christians with no Jewish roots desiring to honor God with a formal Sabbath.
Fortunately we are currently blessed with the wonderful resource of another family with Jewish roots. These friends graciously opened their home to us during some of the Biblical festivals. They patiently talked with us and answered our many questions. In the end though, it was my husband who took the lead in instituting our family Sabbath to coincide with the traditional timing of sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.
I was excited and yet overwhelmed at the thought of making a formal Sabbath part of our weekly lives. My husband, being a wise man, sensed this and suggested we start small and work our way up. This was to ensure that we would not be overloaded and overburdened with doing everything and end up quitting.
While we don't have a traditional lighting of candles and Challah bread (yet) - we do have an absence of television and screen time with a focus on peace in our relationship with the Lord and with one another.
Though we have far to go, this is where we've started.