"At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath." 3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath."
Jesus is brilliant. Check out these zingers, "I tell you, something greater than the temple is here." and "For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath." and "And if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless." Think about each statement.
The disciples were guiltless eating grain while walking through the grain field on the Sabbath. Yet, the Pharisees condemned them. How did they condemn the disciples? The Pharisees called eating grain while walking through the grain field on the Sabbath work and thus unlawful.
Why were the Pharisee wrongly condemning the disciples? The Pharisees did not know the word of God and what it means.
How did the disciples know what to do? They walked with Jesus.
What lessons can we learn from this passage of scripture?
We are to read and understand the scriptures so we will not condemn people, but rather build them up by godly teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
How are we to understand the scriptures when we read them?
We are to ask the Lord to help us understand. John 14:26 and 1 Corinthians 2:12 tell us it is God’s will for us to understand the scriptures. 1 John 5:14-15 instructs that God hears and answers prayers that are God’s will. (Note: please look up and read each scripture referenced.)
Everyone benefits when we read and understand the scriptures. Make a practice of daily and systematically reading and understanding the scriptures.
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