Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jesus Defends Us

Matthew 12:1-6
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”

But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which 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 that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple.

"Father, thank You for this story about Your Son. The Pharisees tried to make an attack on His disciples, but Jesus defended them, just as He defends us and will defend us. Your Son is greater than the temple, and the technicalities and rules that we break so often. May we remember this when we need His defense. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

The Pharisees were having issues. They were just picking at everything that Jesus did and said, and they wanted Him dead. Jesus, however, had a knowledge of God's word.

When the Pharisees would attack Him, He came back on them with His defense. Anybody can defend themselves. It takes guts to defend someone else. That's what Jesus did.

He used God's word to defend the disciples. And then He made the comment that He is greater than the temple. In other words, He is greater than the technicalities and rules, and the place that we break them. He is greater than all of that!

In His Service,

Response Question:  How does Jesus defend us now?

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