Summary: A study of chapter 2 verses 23 through 28
Mark 2: 23 – 28
23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”25 But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?” 27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
There are two other Gospels that cover this same incident. The Apostle Matthew and the disciple Luke recorded this same situation. So, let’s see what they say and then compare all three to gather more information.
Matthew 12:1-8, “At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Luke 6: 1 -5, “1 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” 3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” 5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
The bible says in the book of Romans chapter 11 verse 4 that the Word of God is important in our learning “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” So, the Scriptures help us have hope in how we live now and for our future destiny. Therefore, it is important to study the word of God. The reason I bring up this important fact is that we as humans can try to do the right things but end up losers.
Look at the Pharisees, they tried to do all the right things but they ultimately became blind to what is important in God’s eyes. Each example or story that we read about the time our Adoni Yeshua – our Lord Jesus Christ – walked this earth He points out a different characteristic that He fulfills. In today’s study our Lord will point out that He Is ‘The Son of Man’ that the prophet Daniel spoke about. Also, He points out that He Is also the ‘Creator’ and the One Who gave the 10 Commandments. If the Pharisees had spent more time in studying the Scriptures and less time is trying to do all the right things that they thought pleased God, they would have understood that the Messiah was in their very presence.