1. One particular Sabbath around this time, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. While they were talking with one another, the disciples, who were hungry, just pulled off some heads of grain and snacked on them.
2. Somehow the ever-critical and perennially vigilant Pharisees saw this, and when they did they said to Him, "Just look at your disciples! They are breaking the law right here on the Sabbath!"
3. He calmly answered, "Relax. Haven't you read in your own Law what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4. He entered the house of God, and he and his company ate the holy, consecrated bread – which, as I’m sure you know, was not lawful for them to do - because only the priests were allowed to partake of it.
5. Or haven't you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple break rules like this all the time, and it doesn’t even matter? In fact, it's not even held against them!
6. But the main point – the point that your legalism is causing you to miss - is that One greater than the temple is right here in front of you!
7. If you had comprehended what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
8. For the bottom line is that the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."