A Question about the Sabbath
One Sabbath Jesus and his disciples were walking through some wheat fields. His disciples were picking grains of wheat as they went along.
q 2.23 went along: It was the custom to let hungry travelers pick grains of wheat.
Some Pharisees asked Jesus, “Why are your disciples picking grain on the Sabbath? They are not supposed to do that!”
Jesus answered, “Haven't you read what David did when he and his followers were hungry and in need?
2.25,26 1S 21.1-6.
It was during the time of Abiathar the high priest. David went into the house of God and ate the sacred loaves of bread that only priests are allowed to eat. He also gave some to his followers.”
27 Jesus finished by saying, “People were not made for the good of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for the good of people.
28 So the Son of Man is Lord over the Sabbath.”
A Man with a Crippled Hand
The next time that Jesus went into the meeting place, a man with a crippled hand was there.
r 3.2 Pharisees: The Greek text has “they” (but see verse 6).
wanted to accuse Jesus of doing something wrong, and they kept watching to see if Jesus would heal him on the Sabbath.
3 Jesus told the man to stand up where everyone could see him.
4 Then he asked, “On the Sabbath should we do good deeds or evil deeds? Should we save someone's life or destroy it?” But no one said a word.
5 Jesus was angry as he looked around at the people. Yet he felt sorry for them because they were so stubborn. Then he told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did, and his bad hand was healed.
The Pharisees left. And right away they started making plans with Herod's followers
s 3.6 Herod's followers: People who were political followers of the family of Herod the Great and his son Herod Antipas.
to kill Jesus.