Matthew 12:1-14

We see the Pharisees after Jesus again. This time they are attacking him by using his followers’ actions to catch Jesus not following “The Law.” The accusation that was leveled was that the disciples were hungry, and as they were walking by a field, they picked some grain to eat on the Sabbath. This seems really crazy to me that the Pharisees were upset that some hungry guys picked some food to eat. Now, the Pharisees were known for their strict adherence to the law, so much so that today, we more than likely would label them as legalistic. Jesus calls them out in verses 6-7 saying they have missed the whole point by not recognizing who he was. Their legalistic approach to the law can reflect on us today if we hold too tightly to the traditions of the church and miss the mercy and love that Jesus extends to us. My challenge to you and me today is to examine your life and see if there are any traditions that we cling to? If so, we should let go of them so we can extend the love and mercy of Christ.

“Of How much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:12 ESV

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