Matthew 12 part 1–lord of the Sabbath

Once again Jesus is put in a position to show the difference between the religion of the day and the relationship between God and man. One of the critical Jewish standards was the behavior on the Sabbath. The Jewish people had the proper behavior for the Sabbath carried out to literal feet and inches.  So when Jesus mixed things up a little, the Jewish leaders came unglued.  Jesus did his best to help them understand that religious piety will never bring the peace and freedom that loving God and his folks will always bring.

In current life the same struggle continues.  We do need to reverence the Lord and his day.  We need to slow dwn and love our family, our church and Our Father.  But, we also need to understand that when we are serving him, loving others and walking with him, he does not measure the number of steps we take or the little things we do as an act of worship.  Some Sabbath days we need to sit and be still; while others we need to be lifting the heads an fellowshipping with others.  God continues to look at our hearts not our acts for the worship and reverence. God wants us to be his kids drawn to his love and glorifying him with our words, deeds and thoughts.  Help me Lord to Glorify you with my heart.

God Bless You

At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”