21 “Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and were not careful to observe My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; [fn5] but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. 22 Nevertheless I withdrew My hand and acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries, 24 because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols.
25 “Therefore I also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live; 26 and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire, that I might make them desolate and that they might know that I am the LORD.” ’
27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “In this too your fathers have blasphemed Me, by being unfaithful to Me. 28 When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings. 29 Then I said to them, ‘What is this high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah [fn6] to this day.” ’
Does it displease the Lord to desecrate his Sabbath? He tells us so.
“…but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness….”
What is desecrating the Sabbath? He said to remember to keep it holy. Well then what is holy? When looking at the definition it consistently states separate. A day set aside, different from all other days. It is separate in conjunction with honor and that would be honoring God. The day was set aside by the Israelites but it was used to honor something other than God. God called it rebellion against him.
“…“Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me;…”
Do we honor the Lord on the day we set aside for him? Rebellion is one antonym for obedience. We read that the man who obeys will live.
“…observe My judgments, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them’; …”
Specifically obeys God’s law and lives by God’s law. This still holds true today. When we accept Christ’s gift to us through his death and resurrection and make it our own we live. And then we live by obeying his commands. He gave two from which all others follow: Love the Lord your God with all of you, your heart, your soul, your strength.
“…Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might….”Luke 10:27 And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
So when we accept the gift of life we also accept obedience, to live as he commands. It can be seen in our daily lives.