Lord of the Sabbath
- Adam Cole // December 11, 2009
3Jesus answered them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." 5Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." —Luke 6:3-5
When Jesus came to this earth, He came with a triumphant message about the kingdom of God, about the eternal life possible by choosing to follow Him.
His message was not brought to the people through a big banner or a catchy TV commercial, but by stepping into the lives of people who had true need.
We see this in one of the miracles and also most simply in the everyday examples of Jesus being a friend, a compassionate companion to those around him, mainly his disciples. In the verses above, Jesus is walking with his disciples, taking wheat from the grain fields (mostly likely the unplowed parts left for specifically for travels and the poor [Deuteronomy 24:19-21]). The practice, due to it being the Sabbath, brought scolding from the Pharisees, for it implied that they were doing work, harvesting, which broke the Sabbath commandment.
Jesus responded with the verses above, alluding to an example of David, when he was on the run from Saul, that he ate the showbread (1 Samuel 21:1-6), the special bread set aside to be offered to God, a bread only able to be eaten by priests after the ceremony.
What Jesus seems to be saying, what our Heavenly Father seems to be saying through Jesus at this moment, is that God is so loving that He wants our needs to be met; He never wants us to go hungry. Whether religious rite prevents it or not, God wants us to be touched by Him, so that we can live a full life.
The final verse proclaims Jesus’ authority: He is the Lord of the Sabbath. Let us look to Him as such and follow Him obediently.
Praise: For the love of God.
Prayer: That we follow God and not manmade rites.
Prayer for Today: Lord, thank You for Your love and care – and for always providing. If you give, we will walk in Your grain fields and fill our souls with Your righteous bounty. May we always remember that You, indeed, are the Lord of the Sabbath. In Your Holy Name, Amen.