In my view these chapters( Isaiah 55- 58 should challenge all of us to what true Christianity is all about and more importantly what God requires of us. I am inclined to believe that we have many things wrong in our church which ought to be put right by the Holy Spirit and careful reading and understanding of God’s words.
There is too much religiosity within the SDA Church. There is a multiplication of forms- very many prayers, a superabundance of sermonizing, an excessive amount of quotations from EGW on this and on that, many fasts, countless rules on diet and health and so many other things tat sometimes I wonder whether is the Holy Spirit really leading us, or are we leading ourselves.
If we were to follow Jesus as we should, our concern for others would be far more significant and for more meaningful. We would nor only cater to their needs but we would point them to the Saviour far more easier than we normally do, because the Holy Spirit who prompts us to be like Jesus who also prompt them to respond to Jesus. These chapters for me ,cause me to have a radical reorganization and reconsideration in my life: It is not about the observance of a day, as it is the observation of Jesus movements on the day, it is not about the abstinence from eating meat or fasting, and choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet, it is me offering my own food to others, or even buying the things they need. It is not about me fasting and praying, it is about sharing God’s love tangibly, it is not about me hounding some one about the Sabbath or making someone feel guilty because they do not agree with my views on the Sabbath, it is about me pointing them to the Lord of the Sabbath- Jesus who died to save all people and who will save all by faith, not by Sabbath observance. This is why I think these chapters are significant in that they challenge us to show the love of God meaningfully and tangibly.
I think we as Seventh Day Adventists who are well known for our insistence on the law of God and especially the Sabbath, can and should take note of the following We are to uplift Christ not the Sabbath or the law, we are to worship on the Sabbath and see the law as pointing to Christ, as pointing out sin, but never as ends in and of themselves. If we exalt anything above Christ, that thing can become our’ god’ and that itself is ironic… If I exalt the Sabbath above Christ, I make the Sabbath my idol and I commit idolatry. The same holds true with any doctrine, precept, person, belief or practice. My point:is that we should be following Jesus, following His teachings in His words and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct us in all things. Let us see how he related to all these things and in the fear of God allow the Holy Spirit to help us do the same.