I was watching a reality show the other night (first mistake I know) but noticed a common theme through a couple different episodes. That was, everyone in the show from kids to parents seemed to crave the idea of slowing down and have a meal together. You know, a ‘family meal’, where Dad’s, Mom’s and Children talk of their day, what happened, things they’ve seen and things they’ve done. The real purpose behind this though is the fact that family, children and adults, get to ‘connect’. There is a purpose behind sharing a meal with someone, beyond the natural point of filling our belly.
This leads me to my ultimate point in writing this post. Our Father has sanctified and set apart a blessed day, the 7th day, Shabbat, for us to partake in a meal with our family and Father. HE has given us a chance to connect with those around us in our family and friends, to slow down and put the worries of the week behind us and to be present in HIS midst. There seems to be something not only physical about sharing a meal and the breaking of bread with people, a covenant in and of itself, but something spiritual. Something that transcends our worldly knowledge, but connects us and draws us closer to one another and YHWH.
In this same way, this is a set apart time for us to listen to HIM, for our Father to listen to us and for us to pray out in our Father’s name and feel refreshed. All of us want to be heard as individuals, and Father has given us a whole day to do exactly that; not only be heard, but to listen, to learn, and to grow.
I pray that as more believers come into the knowledge of Torah, they open their eyes, open their ears, but more importantly open their hearts to the wondrous beauty our Father gave us in keeping his Torah.
Psalm 119 1-2:
ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.