by Christina Farris
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 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. Sabbath was made for man, Sabbath made for God. What does it mean? Often we think of the need for a day of rest being only a work day of catch up at home from the work week and so with modern times business have tried to give people at the minumum of two days off for years, never realizing that big business seen the advantage of four and three day off work weeks as being bigger bless and longer shifts for their employs when ever possible. Some business only feeling the necessary vacation is needed when the work is finished. How does one decided what job fits their need of rest, depends on the love of the job or work one is doing and the need of money. There hours people work due to the need of money and their hours people work just because they like the work they do. Hopefully for those long days it the later and the money, because it makes for better employees and better work performance. What does it mean Sabbath, a day of rest, God gave first to himself to look at the work of his hands. Man no doubt continue the tradition of rest from the time of living in paradise with God. Knowing his body needed physical rest, but it not til the day the ten commandments was written that God actually decreed to man a day of rest.
What is a day of rest, it is something the body needs for physical health. Disciples are eating corn and their body is in need of food, but the Pharisees question why they picked corn, a type of work on the Sabbath. Jesus reminded the pharisees of the story of how hungry and tired David's men were and they went to the High Priest Abiathar and ask for bread and they gave him the concentrated bread called the shewbread which was not lawful for anyone but the priesthood to eat. In other words even the Priest at the time of King David had compassion of common sense of a physical need being met even if it was on the day of rest and unlawful by religious law. Religious law a formality, not something that if broken for the need of the physical body that would condemn the body.
When religious law outweights the need for our necessary survival it become a law of legalism and not a law of grace or the original intent for the religious law. There are people in the religious realm that condemn the work on Sunday because of the need for a time of church. The church is closed five out of seven days, and yet if smart churches could be filled seven of seven days or at least six. There is reason doors are shut so people can work, but we living in a time the doors have to be closed or particially closed by pandemic, can a church open there doors for four more days to accomendate the need for congregating and worship while people are working. I think it possible, but might not be economical. What can a church do, home Bible studies, or even small class room that will accomendate the need of a group on other days of the week. Some will say who are you to say anything. This site runs 7 days a week, and very few days off. Point is people need the fellowship, the gospel needs an open door in which to be taught in. People still need God, but not religious overtones of we never done it that way, and then the reality is Jesus taught in the highways and byways. Of course not everyone is able to teach on everyday of the week and that is a fact, but the reality is there room for labors in the field, there is video, there ways of reaching out beyond our own ability today that never was seen before. The world is taking to social media to the internet chats and things as being second nature, yet some still do not. I not there yet either, I to need time off, and the ability to do other things. Yet there people that have a hour or two that are or were called to ministry, and so the task is finding how can one reach out. What an hour a week. What is ten minutes of your time perhaps. It given to the Lord. Sabbath is made for man to rest, take it to rest and take care of needs, but give to the Lord your time to learn, and hear God's word, and to share with someone else. Time can be a form of tithe, what is time, but precious hours we either work, sleep, rest, or take care of our own needs. Jesus no doubt shook his world with teaching in the streets and in the fields. I sure it was down by the pharisees and sadduccees to some degree in larger communities. Yet Jesus was going into the highways and byways of life and gathering people from small villages to large cities to share God's grace with them, including the desert and wilderness heat.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to remember not to be legally religious but to take care of our need to rest, to take care of ourselves, so we can be people able to work, to do the things necessary for human survival. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Colossians 2:16-17 KJV
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.