July 17, 2020
Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”
You may remember yesterday, Jesus was calling to the people to come to him that he might lift this onerous burden the lawmakers were putting on the people.
His ministry was about taking the burden from the people. Which put him at odds with the makers of the laws.
As often happens we hear an example in the life of Jesus of the onerous laws.
Walking through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his Apostles were hungry. So, they took some of the grain and ate as they walked by.
The Pharisees see this and knowing the law said you could not labor on the Sabbath, they tell Jesus his Apostles are breaking the law.
Jesus reminds these knuckle heads that David, their King that all Jews revered, had gone into the temple and taken bread off the altar that had been offered as sacrifice. David and his men ate what was meant only for the priests. David and his men broke the law but no one said anything.
Even now, the priests would work in the temple which was breaking the law, but no one said anything.
He points out to them their burden being placed on the people that they didn’t apply to themselves.
He would decide what and when his men could do on the Sabbath.
Why? Because he was the Lord of the Sabbath, the only one with authority.