Posted 9 月 7, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in


路加福音 6:1-5





While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
Luke 6:1-5

In all four Gospels, we can see that the conflicts between Jesus and the Pharisees were often related to how they observed the sabbath. In today’s Gospel, we see that a conflict was resulted from Jesus’ disciples plucking heads of corn. But Jesus used the incident to illustrate that “the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath”.

By plucking and eating heads of corn, the disciples violated the law which forbade reaping and threshing. Jesus used the example of David eating the bread of offering to illustrate to the Pharisees that, people’s needs are more important than observing the law. What is important is the spirit and purpose of the law, and not the law itself.

We must understand that Jesus does not do whatever He feels like doing. He would never go against anything that involves the True or the Good; with his Father he is the Source of all that is true and good. The law exists to guide people to do good. Hunger and survival may override a rule to fast. In our daily lives, we have to learn to decide what is the right thing to do in urgent situations, so that we might not violate the True or the Good. May the Holy Spirit grant us wisdom, so that we might not become apathetic in our compliance with the law or guidelines.

FLL Editorial Team