Jesus shows compassion in practical ways

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Jesus made that remark against the Pharisees’ hypocritical religious code in condemning hungry souls who need to eat.

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Matthew 12:1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

He (Jesus) said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

The Pharisees’ complaint about “not lawful” had to do with religious code created and added themselves but not according to the will of God.

 

The purpose of Sabbath was to give us time for rest.

 

God created us and He knows best what we need.

God gave the commandment to observe the day of Sabbath for us to learn to take care of our body.

We need to rest so we don’t overwork.

We need to eat when hungry, unless we choose to fast.

Therefore Jesus defended His disciples.

Matthew 12:7 – And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

They were guiltless.

They had no food delivery services like we have today.

No convenient stores, no food court available.

Hungry and thirsty they took only what was needed to satisfy their hunger

Jesus knows how to take cares of us and watch out for us for good

 

Psalm 146:6

The Lord, who executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.

He sets the prisoners free; opens the eyes of the blind.

 

We learn to trust Jesus and abide in His promises

 

In-His-Service

David Z