Two or three weeks ago I found myself banned from a blog that I’ve been following for a long time and on which I’ve regularly commented.
The blog owner seems not to have liked what I said about Sabbath observance in comments on his blog. The specific issue is one I addressed here after my banning:
He continued his discussion of the Sabbath in a recent posts, writing:
How does one observe the Shabbat? The traditional answer in Hebrew Roots is that we simply do what the Torah tells us to do, but there are problems with this explanation. We have to wrestle with the reality that the Bible doesn’t specifically define exactly how one spends their time and what behaviors one engages or avoids on the Sabbath.
And this brief except again highlights the issue that led to my banning and it has little to do with the Sabbath observance and a lot to do with the observing of tradition.
I find he misses the point entirely, that the Sabbath wasn’t meant to be a burden but a blessing – it was about resting and NOT doing.
It was NOT about creating new rules, regulations and practices to fill the absence of BIBLICAL instruction. If scripture is silent, don’t complicate things or create difficulties by adding to scripture.