Matthew 12:1-13
Jesus led His disciples through the grain fields on the Sabbath because they were hungry.  The Pharisees who were always looking to accuse Jesus and the disciples,  said to Jesus “Look! Your discipled are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?.” 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on the Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6. I tell you something is greater than the temple is here. 7. If you had known what these words mean, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8. For the Son if Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

The Pharisees were found incompetent in their learning and knowledge of the Law. But their big problem was that they were blind to the truth of who Jesus was. No matter how many miracles they had witnessed or answers they received from Jesus, they refused to believe that He was the Christ.
When have you assumed without evidence that someone was sinning or disobeying the law? Have you shown them mercy or judgement?  Are you more concerned about your sacrifice or showing love to your neighbor or brother? Remember, the Lord is OUR Judge.

Matthew 7:5 "You hypocrite, first take the log out of you won eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."

Jesus demonstrated that doing good on the Sabbath is lawful (see verses 9 – 13.)  The Pharisees did not want wisdom, understanding or knowledge from the Lord from whom all these come.
Proverbs 3: 21 -22

So, after Jesus healed the man with the shriveled hand, the went out and plotted to kill Him.

by LaJeanne Williams, Women's Ministry Team

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