12 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,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus,they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
We rest to respond. Rest is for us and others. In Matthew 12:7, Jesus is quoting from the Old Testament prophet Hosea, saying, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifices” (Hosea 6:6). And in Mark 2 Jesus says, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” This day of rest is also a day for doing good and for showing mercy. It’s a day to focus on Jesus. It is a day for showing love. As you participate in the “Go and Do Weekend” today or tomorrow, keep these thoughts on your mind. Look for ways to bless others. Thank Jesus for the opportunity to love others. And, consider what it would be like to allow more space in your calendar, like this weekend, to Go and Do with the Lord.
Go and Do with the Lord.