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[Sabbath 3]

   Unless you accept a 4th century pope’s hijacking of the Sabbath, that Jesus and his disciples honored, and making it the new “first day of the week” and forbidding the traditional 7th day celebration of it, recognition and practice of the Sabbath, as commanded and recorded as the 4th of the 10 Commandments, has nearly disappeared in Christian worship.

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   The Jewish rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel reminds us of how many Jews have, and still do, regard the Sabbath of the Bible.

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   “Three acts of God denoted the 7th day: He rested, He blessed and He hallowed the 7th day (Gen. 2:2-3)….Labor is a craft, but perfect rest is an art…”¹

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“…It is the result of an accord of body, mind and imagination. To attain a degree of excellent in art, one must accept its discipline, one must adjure slothfulness. The 7th day is a palace in time which we build. It is made of soul, of joy and reticence. In its atmosphere, a discipline is a reminder of adjacency to eternity….Thou shalt sanctify [the Sabbath] with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy senses. ‘Sanctify the Sabbath by choice meals, by beautiful garments; delight your soul with pleasure and I will reward you for this very pleasure.’²”

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   ¹ Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath: Its meaning for Modern Man (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2005, 1979, 1951). Of this book, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus says, “Timeless. Read it, and be ready to be changed.” [In places we used numerics ("7th" instead "seventh") and added color and boldface.] (You may wish to read the previous posts, [“Sabbath 1″ and “Sabbath 2″ by the way…)

   ² Deuteronomy rabba 3,1; see Midrash Tehillim, chap. 90.