Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?” He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? During the time when Abiathar was high priest, David went into God’s house and ate the bread of the presence, which only the priests were allowed to eat. He also gave bread to those who were with him.” Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath.”
Food For Thought:
The Sabbath law was not a rule for the sake of having a rule ― as the Pharisees seemed to believe. It was a rule for the sake of humanity. It was important to God that people take time to rest, worship and do good. It is important that we are physically and spiritually restored, but at the very core of Sabbath is a priority of love of God and love of others. That was the intent. Jesus and his disciples weren’t picking wheat for their own personal gain ― it was not for profit. It was simply to have something to eat. What Jesus reminds the Pharisees, and what we need to be reminded of, is that human need is more important than any rule ― that love of God and love of others is more important than any law. “As Wesley put it, Sabbath law ‘must give way to man’s necessity’ because it was made for humankind in the first place.” (The Wesley Study Bible)
Challenge: This week, as we approach a holiday weekend, make time to experience the fullness of Sabbath. Find time to rest — to really rest. Find time to worship and find time to do good for someone else.
Jesus, you are Lord over my sitting and rising, my resting and working, my loving and being loved. You are Lord over my life and I need you to help me find Sabbath. In my busyness, help me slow down. I need to rest in your presence. I need to worship you. I need to love your people. Thank you for the gift of Sabbath. Amen.