Matthew 12:2 KJV
But when the Pharisees saw it,
they said unto him,
Behold, thy disciples do
that which is not lawful
to do upon the sabbath day.
Behold, Your disciples do that, which is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.
The Pharisees held the Christ responsible for the conduct of His disciples, who plucked ears on the Sabbath.
The charge that the Pharisees made was actually against the Christ.
In their view, the Savior allowed His disciples to break the Sabbath.
The sharp reproach of the letter sifters arose from malicious enmity toward Christ.
They equated the plucking of ears with reaping, and the rubbing of the grains with threshing.
They felt very strongly about the Sabbath.
Their criticism, however, did not arise out of love for the Law of the Lord, but out of hatred and enmity toward the Christ.
In the Pharisees we see the hypocrite:
To outward things such one clings, they must be carefully observed, but such one deems himself released from weighty duties.
The Savior reproves them.
He is Lord of the Sabbath.
- Do you also have a clinging to outward things, or may there be love to the Lord of the Sabbath?
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