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The Gospel of Matthew, Day 30

The Gospel of Matthew, Day 30
Meditation and Memory Verse: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV

MATTHEW 12:1-8 NIV
JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH
1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” 3 He 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 Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something 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 of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Discussion: Jesus defended the disciples by citing examples from the scriptures. What does this tell us about the spirit of the law versus the letter of the law?

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