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Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Mark 2.23-28
One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”
Jesus is Lord of all. In today’s devotional passage Jesus shows that he is Lord of the Sabbath. God intended the Sabbath as a day of rest from work and a day of spiritual renewal. Over time rabbinic tradition set up rules about what qualified as work.

God commanded farmers to leave the edges of their fields unharvested for the poor or travelers to eat. However, the Pharisees considered the disciples to be working on the Sabbath. Jesus gave the precedent of David and his men eating the bread of the Presence which was meant to be eaten only by the priests in a time when David was running from Saul and starving.

David was certainly a beloved king. The Messiah was to come from the line of David. Jesus is showing how he has authority over the Sabbath tradition. Jesus supersedes it reminding us that God’s intention for the Sabbath is our physical and spiritual renewal.

Do you take time to rest from your work and worship God? It is important for us to have a regular rhythm of worship and rest recognizing that God is in control.

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