One Sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells his disciples about what is important when it comes to the Sabbath. The Pharisees were so focused on the law that they were spending their Sabbath day making judgments about other people’s actions and whether they were breaking the Sabbath, or keeping it. I think the point of the story is to show us that God is in charge of everything ― including the Sabbath. The point of the Sabbath is not to judge one another but to spend time communing with God through study, prayer and Scripture. What are some ways that you create Sabbath for yourself? How do you commune with God in special ways?
Shepherd God, you call us into a rhythm of work and rest , that our lives may be the better for it. So, shape our leisure and our labor, that the world will recognize us as Jesus’ disciples and shape our ministry as what you would have us do. Amen.