"If you turn away your foot from the
Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD
honorable. And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure,
nor speaking your own words,
then you shall delight yourself in the LORD. And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with
the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken."
We Need The Sabbath
Instruction in the Bible as to how to keep the Sabbath is not given in specific detail but in broad principles that cover a multitude of specifics. If we are being led
by God's Spirit, we should be able to determine what is right. Maybe not the first time around, maybe not the tenth time around,
but eventually, we will see that we are doing something wrong and make a change. Or, if we find out that we have been doing
it right, we will probably intensify our efforts to do it better. If we are being led by it, God's Spirit will gently compel
us towards the perfection of the One from whom that Spirit is emanating.
How can one call
the Sabbath "a delight"? Like everything else in life, we delight in what we recognize as being valuable and in
what we do well. Doing something well is fun. Doing something poorly is a burden, and we wish nobody were around to see us
do it so poorly.
God expresses a concern, when He uses the phrase, "to turn your foot away." This has to do primarily with one's overall
approach, with one's attitude toward the day, with respect for Sabbath time. We must respect the things of God, and the Sabbath
is of God. Thus, we should not trample all over His holy Sabbath day.
The Sabbath is a day
of rest, which produces faith. When we are striving to obey God and are walking His way, then we have already been brought
into the rest of God. It is a beginning-not the fullness. It is producing the right fruit. "My peace I leave with you." "My joy I give to you." God's way will produce the right fruit, and the Sabbath is central
to all these things. It is the day that God made for man (Mark 2:27). It is an expanse of time in which He says, "Today, if you will hear My voice" (Psalm 95:7).