I selected this book “Sabbath” by Dan Allender because I was eager to know more about Sabbath. The author’s idea is Sabbath should be a day of delight instead of following a strict set of rules and considering is as a burden. This really made me think about the meaning and reality of Sabbath.
He starts of by asking us to consider three main assumptions
1.Sabbath is not a Good idea, but it is one of the Ten Commandments.
2.Sabbath is a day of delight and not a day off or a day of vacation.
3.Sabbath is a feast day that remembers our leisure in Eden.
With these assumptions he proceeds on to write about the Sabbath pillars, purpose and performance. The like what the author says about delight. He says, “Delight doesn't require a journey of thousands of miles away to taste the presence of God, but it does require a separation from the mundane, an intentional choice to enter joy and follow God as he celebrates the glory of his creation and his faithfulness to keep his covenant to redeem the captives... The Sabbath is an invitation to enter delight.”
Many times taking rest and enjoying God’s creation is the not what we do on Sabbath. But this book calls us to rethink Sabbath and to slow down a bit from all busyness and enjoy God’s goodness for us each week.
I agreed that we should set aside this 24-hour and find joy in it and celebrate God’s creation.
Allender bases on the Hebrew word for rest, Menuha, which is best translated as “joyous repose, tranquility, or delight.” It is through this lens that he resurrects this lost definition of what it really means to rest. It was a good read and I would recommend this book.
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