Text: Mark 2:23-28
“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”
In other words the sabbath was made to meet the needs of people and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.
Jesus was walking through the grain fields on the Sabbath and His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.
This was a violation of the law according to the Jewish religious leaders.
Jesus reminds them of what David did in the O.T. He and his men ate of the Holy bread of the temple.
Jesus’s point was that if David and his men could violate a God-given instruction then He and His men could violate a man made prescription.
The Sabbath was to be a day of joy, made for man, a day of relaxing, recovery, restoration, and worship.
The O.T. makes no other restrictions – It simply calls them to stop working and rest and spend the day worshipping God with no other narrowing restrictions.
MacArthur explains the conclusion Jesus was making, “Ceremony is ceremony, ritual is symbolic. You don’t save a ceremony and lose a life.”
In other words ceremony has its place, but mercy trumps ritual and ceremony. Necessity overrules ritual -as was the case referred to by Jesus of David and his men that ate of the Holy bread.”
Application: Always make sure the hill you are choosing to die on is a Biblical hill not one you or your religious denomination has made up. Be known for mercy not strict adherence to tradition. Live by the Word alone and not something that has been added to it.
Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”