Matthew 12:1–8 (ESV)
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
12 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: 4 how 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
I can see where the Pharisees are coming from when they condemn Jesus. They see him
as a mere man, instead of seeing him as the promised Messiah. He is 100% man, but he is also 100% God. Jesus is the creator of the world. He is the creator of the Sabbath.. “For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
If the Pharisees rightly understood who Jesus really is, then there would not have been confusion and they wouldn’t have been trying to kill him. Perspective can often change the way we see things. Jesus desires mercy, and not sacrifice.
I pray: O Lord, help us to never lose sight that you are God. Help us to praise, worship, and follow you. Amen.