THE SABBATH IS LINKED TO CREATION
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20: 8-11 NASB).
MAKE THE SABBATH A DELIGHT
If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 58: 13-14 NASB).
WHO CAN CELEBRATE THE SABBATH?
So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed (Exodus 31: 16-17 NASB).
Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from His people (Isaiah 56: 3a). Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants, everyone who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to my holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer (Isaiah 56: 6-7a NASB).
“And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD (Isaiah 66: 23 NASB).
The sabbath is a celebration, not a penalty. “Ride on the heights of the earth.”
*Regarding the Ten Commandments, see Exodus 20: 1-17; Jeremiah 31: 31-33; 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3; Hebrews 10: 16; Hebrews 8: 10.