D’rash

Refocusing On Shabbat

Refocusing On Shabbat by Yosef Koelner

Due to the challenges of the week we often become spiritually distracted. On Shabbat we need to allow Yeshua who is the Lord of Shabbat to restore and replenish our hearts and minds, so that we can REFOCUS on the present day realities of the Kingdom of God.

Every week I send each member of our synagogue a text which includes my thoughts on Shabbat. The reason for these texts is to enable each person to release “their weekly ” distractions and REFOCUS on Yeshua’s purpose for Shabbat.

The objective for this article is to share some of my recent thoughts on Shabbat so that you might also REFOCUS and allow Yeshua who is the Lord of the Shabbat to restore and replenish your hearts and minds onto the present day realities of the Kingdom of God. 

A) The Purpose of Shabbat

Luke 4:14-30 describes Yeshua’s participation during a Shabbat service at his hometown Synagogue in Nazaret. After reading the HafTorah portion Yeshua explained the relationship between the verses that he had read (Yeshayahu [ Isaiah] 61:1-2) and the purpose of his ministry. The context was the Yovel or Jubilee year ( VaYikrah [Leviticus] 25:8-17). It is my opinion that the Yovel year is also a paradigm for Shabbat.

So in a nutshell on Shabbat the poor in spirit will receive:

  1. Release and Forgiveness
  2. Revelation Light
  3. Healing For A Broken & Crushed Heart
  4. God’s Favor 

 

B) Giving Thanks On Shabbat

God gives each person a gift of 86,400 seconds each day! Please consider using the majority of those seconds to seek, pray, and praise Him this Shabbat.
As it is written: “[[A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.]] It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High”
Mizmor [Psalm] 92:1KJV 

 

Delighting in the Lord’s Shabbat

As we approach Shabbat let us be aware that one minute of sadness, anger, or fear weakens the immune system for 5 hours while one minute of joy and laughter strengthens the immune system for 24 hours.Therefore let us rejoice in the Lord’s Shabbat!

Yeshayahu [Isaiah] proclaims :13 “If you hold back your foot on Shabbat
from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;
if you call Shabbat a delight [ joyful],
Adonai’s holy day, worth honoring;
then honor it by not doing your usual things
or pursuing your interests or speaking about them.
14 If you do, you will find delight [ Joy] in Adonai
I will make you ride on the heights of the land
and feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Ya‘akov,
for the mouth of Adonai has spoken.”
Isaiah 58:13-14Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Conclusion

May you allow the Lord Yeshua to Transform and REFOCUS your life this Shabbat!

 

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