A friend writing about the Sabbath reminded me of this article today. I like the end of it in particular:

Whenever I dream of living in a society with a greater respect for its Sabbatarian past -- a fantasy I entertain only with anxiety, since Sabbatarians have a long history of going too far -- I think of something two rabbis said. Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague, best known for his tales of the golem, pointed out that the story of Creation was written in such a way that each day, each new creation, is seen as a step toward a completion that occurred on the Sabbath. What was Creation's climactic culmination? The act of stopping. Why should God have considered it so important to stop? Rabbi Elijah of Vilna put it this way: God stopped to show us that what we create becomes meaningful to us only once we stop creating it and start to think about why we did so. The implication is clear. We could let the world wind us up and set us to marching, like mechanical dolls that go and go until they fall over, because they don't have a mechanism that allows them to pause. But that would make us less than human. We have to remember to stop because we have to stop to remember.
- Judith Shulevitz, Bring Back the Sabbath

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A friend and I were just talking about the sabbath. And in Exodus 31:13 it says, "Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you." and again in Ezekiel 20:13 "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths to be sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them." and Ezekiel 20:20 "hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God."
We were saying, maybe it is because we can do nothing to earn our salvation, it comes from God alone and it is a time to stop and realize it is Him who saves us and not our works. Just a thought.
We work and live out our salvation, but in the end we always need to stop and realize it is Christ alone who sanctifies. I am thankful for that !! Thanks for your thoughts. MM