Words of Jesus Part 9


  • Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
  • Mat 12:2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
  • Mat 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
  • Mat 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
  • Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
  • Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
  • Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
  • Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Jesus did not condone breaking the law but only the proper interpretation of the law. If on the Sabbath someone was very hungry, or an animal fell into a pit, it was lawful to relieve the sufferer. They just didn't get it. They were standing in the presence of the Lord of all things, including the Sabbath day. The Sabbath was made for our benefit and the benefit of servants and slaves. If it had not been for the Sabbath day, laborers would never get a rest. I believe God had compassion and knew that we needed at least one day to rest and refresh both our soul and body. It is a good time to renew ourselves to God also and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

The disciples were not working in a sense that they were going into the field to gather food for storage but only picked what they needed to satisfy their hunger. They were not guilty of breaking any law of God for their motive was pure.

Jesus points out many times that mercy is greater than sacrifice and being legalistic.

  • Matthew 12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
  • Mat 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

Notice the word, "that they might accuse Him."

We today need to be very careful not to be part of false accusation. Its easy to do especially when we think someone is influencing others away from the what is socially excepted. However, compare everything to the word of God. That is why God gave it. If we see something wrong we need to labor in prayer over it first before ever confronting the situation. God may have ways to take care of it first. We cannot ignore false doctrine and hope it will go away but we must do things in a way that we do not false accuse and wound our own brothers and sisters in Christ.

If they had only known who it was in their midst, they would have realized that God Himself was there in their presence. WOW. He was the Son of God who came into human flesh to show us the way to salvation and eternal life. Praise His holy name.

  • Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

If we would help an animal that was in trouble on a holy day, how much more should we be willing to help a human being. The Sabbath day actually is a perfect day to see a person who has been crippled from birth, blind, or sick, made whole. That is one reason God made the Sabbath to give us rest physically and spiritually refresh our souls. What a refreshing thing to see; a person who was bound by disease and set free by the power of God.

  • Matthew 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

He summed it all up with the words, "It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days. Amen and truth.

  • Matthew 12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

I'm so glad Jesus wasn't wishy washy and thought, "Well, if they think I shouldn't do it, maybe I should reconsider. After all I don't want them to think badly of me, I want to please the crowd."   He didn't back down, He stood His ground and let His compassion for that man produce fruit.  

  • Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Now we see the true motive of these Pharisees. They didn't care than a person was deformed and suffering and was made well. They wanted to find fault with Jesus out of jealousy. They were afraid that the people no longer would be in bondage to their rule and authority they thought they had. This is the same reasoning the church in the Middle Ages had when they tried to prevent the bible from being translated into languages that people could read and understand on their own. They knew then that they would lose their influence because when people read that word, they would know that they were in bondage to lies and deceit.

Jesus makes us free from the curse of the law and the curse of religious rituals that cannot save or heal. The law was not given to nitpick at little things and prevent us from helping someone in need. The law was given to show us what sin is and that we need to repent of sin and accept the way out of sin provided through the death of Jesus Christ on our behalf. The law shows us what sin is and how much we have broken the law. We deserve to die for our sin. Jesus came to die in our place and his death on the cross will count on our behalf if we repent of sin and come to Him trusting in Him to save us. Our natural bodies will still die physically because of sin coming upon the whole human race and causing death to occur, but our real self, our inner man or soul will be saved from eternal death (eternity in hell).  Jesus came to grant to all believers eternal life which cannot die. ever again.

We are then set free from the curse of the law that says, we should die and not have eternal life.

Man's religion brings us into bondage and God's power sets us free. We are not free to commit sin and be under bondage to sin again but we are free from sin and from man's religion.

The Pharisees did not understand the law that they claimed to live by. They were only using it to control the people. When Jesus became a threat to their control, they tried to use the law of God to discredit Him. This is why we must be careful to use the bible to avoid the false teachers but not use the bible to find fault in an unfair manner. We must examine our hearts and see what our motive is before we use the bible against someone. Let us walk in love. Love will not tolerate sin but love also will be considerate of those that are walking in error. Love will do more than just point out someone's sin. Love will seek to restore the sinner to His right relationship with God. 


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