Shabbat the great gift from God that comes every seventh day is the subject of one of the classics of Jewish literature, The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel.
In The Sabbath, Heschel lays forward the view that holiness in Judaism is not set in place or places that are common for other peoples and religions, whether they be temples, shrines, holy places but in Judaism holiness resides in time. Chief among what Heschel calls “islands in time” is the seventh day of the week, the Sabbath. In so doing Heschel sets forward that time is of great importance and in that holiness resides in time and specific time like the weekly Shabbat, we need to take seriously these holy times.
We are now approaching another Shabbat, and I am starting to get excited knowing that it is in this “island of time” that I experience God in such a powerful way. As I leave work on Friday afternoon I look at the sun barely above the horizon and I become overwhelmed, and I breathe out the word “Shabbos”. This is a weekly time of encountering our God in such a powerful way, and it is a great gift that we have been given. Along with the experience of God and the holiness of time, there is the great gift that we have been given to congregate with friends and family to celebrate together this time with God and one another.
God is so good, and He has given us such a great gift and that is Shabbat.
May you know the joy that is Shabbat this week and each week as we get a foretaste of “yom shekulo shabbat” the unending Shabbat when our righteous Messiah will again be with us…come Lord Yeshua!
Shalom and blessings to all…