Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6

Text: “And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the Sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath day that which is not lawful?” – Mark 2:23, 24.

 

Comment: Another example of some of the privations Jesus Christ and the disciples faced during his earthly ministry is given in this account in which the disciples entered corn fields and started plucking the ears of corn and to eat. (See also Matthew 12:1) (The law of God allows one to pluck foodstuff from the farms to satisfy hunger, but not to take anything away from the farm, Deuteronomy 23:24,25)

The Pharisees were highly upset that the disciples were plucking corn and eating, saying it was a violation of the Sabbath law. Our Savior however asserted that they were wrong in that the laws of God, including that of the Sabbath, were meant to enhance human welfare, not impede it. He gave them, as usual an irrefutable argument, about David and his men whom the high priest gave the shew bread to eat since they met the conditions that allowed exception to the rule. In John 7:22, 23 Christ drew the attention of the Jewish leaders to the fact that they did circumcision on the Sabbath day -if the eight day falls on that day so as not to break the law of Moses.  However, what the Sabbath law teaches us about the importance of rest for both man and animals is particularly important in this modern times. Jesus Christ himself had to go into seclusion with his disciples so that they could rest. – Mark 6:31