Category Archives: Sabbath

PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Sabbath Grain

Mark 2:23-28 is a riddle wrapped in a riddle smothered by an enigma. The questions it raises get deeper the closer we look. Yeshua is a master of confounding his critics and implying something just beyond the edges of comprehension. … Continue reading

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Is Anything Wrong with “Sunday Church”?

“Sunday church” is a derogatory term I hear from well-meaning people, usually of the Judeo-Christian variety (Hebraic roots, Jewish roots, gentile Messianics). The adjective Sunday place before the word church is thought to convey all that is wrong with religion … Continue reading

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PODCAST: Yeshua in Context – Signs and Sabbath

In Mark 2:23 – 3:6, what is the meaning of Yeshua comparing his situation to David? Why did Yeshua deliberately seek out the Sabbath as a time to heal? We began last episode to examine the symbolic meaning of Yeshua’s … Continue reading

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Shabbat as a Spiritual Discipline

There is an old formula about the Sabbath (Shabbat) that comes from the two primary commands of the scriptures about it: remember it (Exod. 20:8) and keep it (Exod. 31:14). We keep it or observe it on Shabbat and we … Continue reading

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Politics Above Torah?

I read at jpost.com today a bizarre story about an Orthodox (I think ultra-Orthodox) rabbi making what seems to me a questionable ruling this week. He is allowing construction on a West Bank settlement on Shabbat in order to help … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: The Order of Shabbat

Shabbat shalom! As I speak I smell the cookies baking and the pot roast cooking for Saturday lunch in the crockpot. A guest came over early and just recently finished baking a carrot cake for later tonight to eat at … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: Preparing the Table and the Home

It’s Friday morning. Have you thought about Shabbat yet? If you haven’t, you’re already behind. Getting into the Sabbath is a rhythm of life. At first the rhythm is unfamiliar. If you like Linda and I, you’ll make many missteps … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: The Art of Shabbat

I recently purchased Shabbat: The Family Guide to Preparing for and Celebrating the Sabbath by Dr. Ron Wolfson, the president of Synagogue 3000 (synagogue3000.org). Anyone who celebrates Shabbat and could use a few pointers or even just some inspiration would … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation: Almsgiving

I hope you are preparing a beautiful table, as we are at the Leman house. We are laying ours with a burgundy table cloth tonight and using our Jerusalem candlesticks. The few moments you take to make your Sabbath meal … Continue reading

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Torah, Israel, and the Nations: Part 4

We’re in a series about non-Jews and Torah. At least one reader asks why I am not discussing Jews in MJ at the moment. Well, that is an important topic. As it happens, non-Jews in MJ is also an important … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Papias and Messiah’s Reign

Shalom, may your home be filled with it this Sabbath and this weekend. If you are Jewish or observant, I pray your table will be a blessing tonight. Spread the cloth, light the candles, pour the wine, and sanctify that … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Walking As He Walked

I hope your table will be as joyous as mine tonight. I have new friends and old coming. I have a fresh supply of wine, six bottles (don’t worry, we won’t drink them all tonight). I have my seven kids … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Faith Like Rahab

Lay out your fine tablecloth. Prepare your challah and wine. Set up your candles and place settings. Make this a fine Shabbat. Sanctify it and set it apart. Blessings to your family, Jewish on non-Jewish, this weekend. May your worship … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Tradition-less Shabbat?

This entry is a little late. I’m just getting it in about 1:15 before Sabbath starts. If you are observant of Sabbath, I pray your table would be a blessing tonight as ours is. May you be surrounded by love. … Continue reading

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Responding to Peter, Part 2

Rising to the challenge I threw out, Peter has responded with numerous citations. He is probably using a secondary source (I wish he would name the source) with a list of citations. He has given so many I cannot respond … Continue reading

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Responding to Peter on Patristic Sabbatarianism

Peter is a friend I’ve made through the blog. He has a blog at merehumanity.wordpress.com Peter wrote today and asked why I had not answered one his recent comments on the blog. I believe the comment posted belowis the one … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Amos and the Plowman

Shalom all, I hope you are preparing for a good Sabbath or (a good worship weekend if you not Jewish). I will be firing up the grill to prepare some fresh burgers for a laid-back Sabbath tonight with just my … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, A Little Humor and Some Spice

Shabbat shalom, and may your table be blessed this Sabbath with love and holiness! I used to go to a used book sale benefiting Brandeis University every year. The book sale was discontinued a few years ago (it’s online instead). … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Abandoned? Alone?

I’m posting this one a bit earlier than usual for a Friday, but I hope Shabbat is already on your mind. We’re having a house full of teenagers over for a Youth Shabbat. Hope yours is as adventurous as mine … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Ps 67, Israel, and the Nations

As Shabbat approaches, I hope you have holy plans for the weekend. If you are a non-Jew, then may your worship be a blessing. If you are Jewish, then I charge you not to lay aside the mitzvah of lighting … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, A Teacher to Lift Us Up

The Sabbath is drawing near and we are cleaning and decorating for guests. I hope as you exhale the pressures of your workweek and inhale the sweetness of Shabbat that all the stress and anxiety goes out with the stale … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Picking You Up Off the Floor

Shalom all, Shabbat is approaching. If you are Jewish or Torah-observant, I hope your table is lovely and your family or your guests are ready to meet with God at the dinner table. For my Christian friends who do not … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Israel in God’s Plan

I am amazed sometimes at how people who read the same Bible as I do miss out on God’s heart for the descendants of Jacob, the Jewish people — in Israel and all around the world. Many feel Israel is … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Leaven

May this last Shabbat before Passover be a blessing. If you are like us, you are having leaven with your Shabbat dinner. A nice loaf of challah. A chocolate cake (we have two of them). A few donuts. Leaven yourself … Continue reading

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Sabbath Meditation, Obligation and Devotion

I hope you are preparing for a joyous Shabbat. If you are not Jewish, I pray your worship this weekend will be meaningful and healing. This Shabbat I want to share with you words from Duties of the Soul, a … Continue reading

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