Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
As we go through life we learn or hopefully we learn that healthy relationships really do matter. Sometimes relationships do become unhealthy and that is when boundaries come into play. We have to be careful that these boundaries that we are setting do not become priority because if they do then regulations can ruin the relationship. This often happens in the most important relationship that we could be in- our worship of the Lord God. Please read Mark 2:23-28. Careful reading of chapter two and into three we read how the Pharisees struggle with Jesus and oppose him because he was not keeping the law of God as they have interpreted and applied it to daily life this is why they are asking question they are asking. In our passage of Scripture today we read that it was the Sabbath and Jesus and a group of people were walking along a path next to a grain field when Jesus disciples decided to reach out a pluck a few heads of grain and began to eat it. The Pharisees asked the question because in their mind the Sabbath of being broken because of their interpretation of the law. Careful reading of Exodus 20:8-11, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 teaches us that the Lord created the Sabbath so that Israel would rest to the Lord, reflect and remember that they were slaves in Egypt and how the Lord delivered them. The LORD also gave instructions about walking along the path a picking your neighbors grain with your hand but that you could not put a sickle to it and harvest it for yourself. Over a period of time the Pharisees had developed a whole book on Sabbath regulations. What was permissible and what wasn’t. When the disciples had reached out and picked grain with their hands the Pharisees saw that as work and that is why they are questioning Jesus about his disciples breaking the Sabbath. It wasn’t that long ago some states had what is known as “Blue Laws” these were laws that regulated what could and couldn’t be done on Sunday. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees was what king David did when he was on the run from king Saul. He stopped by the Tabernacle of God and asked for food. The only food available was the show bread of the Presence which was not lawful for him to eat because he wasn’t a priest. The high Priest gave to David and he and his men ate the bread. King David had a need and it was met. There is no place in Scripture where David’s actions are condemned. Jesus reminds the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Jesus has the authority to interpret and regulate Sabbath law. Since Jesus has fulfilled the law we worship on the Lord’s day, celebrating the day of his resurrection from the dead. A couple of thoughts to think on. First, we cannot worship when we our judging others when they don’t keep the rules that we have established. Second, we need to let Jesus instruct us in his word and follow his instructions. Walking with Jesus is about a relationship not keeping regulations.