The point of fasting is to basically purge yourself of sinful motives and desires and to be closer to God by eliminating distracting behaviors.
In Deuteronomy 9:9 Moses is talking about the time he was fasting before he went up on the mountain to receive the ten commandments. That was definitely necessary because we know that if you have any sin in you you will perish before the face of God, so Moses purged himself of sin. Esther also went without food and water when she was waiting to see the king
Ohh, that’s some good verse right there, I have never read it before. Well, these texts show how shallow and superficial the fasting of the Israelites has become. Its almost like them with uh…everything else too. They keep the practice but forget the meaning and significance.