Grains of wheat

Mark 2:23-28 (NIV)
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. [24] The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” [25] He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? [26] In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” [27] Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. [28] So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

I have such a beautiful picture of Jesus and his disciples casually snapping grain into a snack as they pass through a field. It feels peaceful and calm until the crazy Greek chorus of Pharisees put in their 2 cents.

Then things get pedantic. Jesus, always quick on his feet, rebuts them, but the damage has been done.

Or has it?

The Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath. A promise of sovereignty worth the wait…


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