Jesus and the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-13) | back
1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. They were travelers that were hungry and wanted a bite to eat.
2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. Now here we need to use common sense. We have some people spending time learning with Christ that are on the road, are hungry, so they grab a couple ears of corn and eat it. Now her comes along some of the Pharisees, (the so called high-hoe's of the religious community), that are trying to accuse Christ and those with Him of breaking the law. (Caught up in traditions).
3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him. Documented in (I Samuel 21:6). It was alright for a "priest" to eat of the shewbread (hallowed bread). Now was David a priest? David was an anointed one; one that the Son "Jesus Christ" would come through. (David was a priest of priest's). An anointed one doing the "work" of God.
4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? You see; The point Christ was making here is that they were doing God's work, and there was no law broken when they partook of the bread.
5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? Priests and Pastors work on the Sabbath. (Sabbath simply means rest), and we find our rest, (peace of mind) in Christ.
6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. Christ is that temple... Messiah makes up the many member body of the temple.
7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Christ told them if they understood the meaning of this scripture verse; "I want you to be merciful more than I want your offerings" quoting from (Hosea 6:6). God does not want your burnt offerings... He wants your love. Those who were plucking the corn were guiltless.
8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Why? Because Christ became our Sabbath! Christ is our rest! No one ever enjoyed the true Sabbath rest by keeping of a day (Hebrews 4:4-11); for all who do such are working to keep the Sabbath day; but it is necessary to cease from all our works, as God did, to have real rest. The Sabbath days were a shadow of Christ. He has done all the work, so that we now find our rest in Him. He is our Sabbath. The Sabbath was nailed to the cross! (Colossians 2:13-17). Don't listen to those who want to make a religion out of a day.
9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue. Back to church!
10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. The Pharisees main purpose was to try and accuse Christ of breaking the law. They wanted Him to say yes so they could arrest Him. Let's see how He answered them.
11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? Everyone new that they would go and save the sheep that had fallen into the pit, even on the Sabbath.
12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. It is lawful to do "well" on the Sabbath. God's work! Is it God's work that you are doing?
13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Now let me ask you. Did Christ "touch" this man? No... He overpowers them by saying; Stretch forth thy hand! (They could not accuse Him). We must be wiser than the serpent. Christ knew what they were thinking and how they wanted to trick Him.