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Shabbat, Why Bother?

Unlocking the blessing of God's weekly festival day

Shabbat Challah

This talk and study session will help you unlock the amazing and wonderful blessings of God's Shabbat, and will start you on a wonderful journey of new discoveries in His Word.

The study (with full audio MP3 and notes downloadable below) centres around the desperate need for the People of God, Jew and Gentile alike, to rediscover the Shabbat (Sabbath) - God's ordained day of rest.


The session looks at the Biblical background to the Shabbat, and importantly that this is NOT simply a Jewish festival. No, indeed, the Shabbat principle existed in the Creation Epic of Genesis and was given to the whole of creation, not just one people.


It notes the importance of keeping the Fourth Commandment, keeping the Sabbath Day holy, and its ongoing benefits to communities and individuals today. We dispel many myths about how to keep the Shabbat, remembering that it was given for Man's blessing, and thus liberating us to enjoy what God has given for our benefit.


Shabbat has been preserved by the Jewish people, so it is understandable that we should spend some time looking at the traditions of the Jewish Shabbat. We also, however, look at how the Shabbat can be enjoyed and add huge value to the lives of people from all backgrounds and Christian traditions.

Session Contents

Kindling the Sabbath lights
  • Biblical Background
  • The Shabbat Principle Existed In The Creation Epic (Genesis 2:2)
  • The Shabbat Principle Was Observed Before The Giving Of The Law At Sinai (Exodus 16:23)
  • At The Heart Of God’s Revelation Of Himself – Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:11)
  • Given to Israel, and given to the whole of creation!
  • The Sabbath - Saturday or Sunday?
  • The Council of Laodicea, 364 CE
  • Augsburg Confession of Faith, 1530 (Lutheran)
  • Jewish Traditions
  • Why Shabbat candles?
  • Why do Jewish women light Shabbat candles on Friday night?
  • How many candles should be lit on Friday night?
  • How should Shabbat candles be lit?
  • Why circle your hands over the flames?
  • The Kiddush blessing
  • The wine
  • Challah, salt and challah cover
  • Why two loaves of challah?
  • Why salt?
  • Why a challah cover?
  • Other blessings
  • Blessing the children
  • The Aaronic blessing


Take a lok at our other teaching on Shabbat's symbolism and blessings here.

Multi Media

"Entering His Rest" on Jewish Roots TV

A 'How To Guide" on Jewish Roots TV

SoundCloud - Listen to why it's worth bothering with Shabbat

Shabbat - Why Bother?
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  • Andy (Friday, January 10 14 05:30 pm GMT)

    Hi John. Good to hear from you! You can make a donation in other ways too - maybe drop me a note via the contact form or via and we can work out the best method for you? Shabbat
    shalom, Andy

  • John White (Friday, January 10 14 04:42 pm GMT)

    love the new site, if a little confusing [for me!] Enjoying 'Sound Cloud', getting through it, slowly! I want to subscribe but do nothing with £ over the nett.

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