Luke 6:1–5 (ESV)
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
6 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. 2 But some of
the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” 3 And Jesus answered them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with
him: 4 how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” 5 And
he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Jesus reapplies the Third Commandment to reveal the blessings of the Sabbath. When
we consider laws and their application, God would have us see not simply how laws restrict but also who and what they protect. All God’s Word is written for our benefit, that we may enjoy the inherited blessings of His mercy.
I pray: “‘You shall observe the worship day That peace may fill your home, and pray, And put aside the work you do, So that God may work in you.’ Have mercy, Lord!” Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1719.