One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain.
24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And 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.”
Learning isn't really memorization. This is asking - "Why"?
We say, okay, sounds credible - David ate the Bread of the Presence. But the follow up of Abiathar the High Priest - Saul murdered the priests for desecration. That sounds reasonable - if a villain on the run from the anointed King eats the Communion Offering - then people should be slain.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
2 Samuel 6:6
But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. 7 And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.
Surely we know God is not usually God who punishes by death.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Uzzah - we just must agree was later given His favor. And recorded for millenniums for being willing to put up his hand to help God in his intentions.
Jesus was saying time displays Saul actually became a murderer of Priests. Not the nobility of anointed King.
David was not shaken from his belief - as he ran in hunger and desperation - life was shaking him down - he was not overcome. Knowing God is for him. Twenty two years - this was a long time living in caves and ditches. A mercenary for hire.
Jesus is amazing. Jesus is recalling in His life - the puzzles of what Jesus loved to say "It is Written." This isn't an easy story. Jesus is in there. Really in there.
Jesus is that Man. In Genesis, He hovers over the waters of Creation. Through the water, He pushes back the Red Sea for His Children to walk upon dry land. He Stands upon the Water. He will be baptized in water, by one called Least in the Kingdom of Heaven, as His Father asks Him. He reaches down into the water, for a man convinced of his own righteousness - immediately saving him.
God tells us, HE sees mankind. Generation Millennium, X, or Y. But Generation D. D.R.A.M.A. Surely Saul proved what Drama really is - selfishness saying - I matter at all costs.
For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God."
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
Jesus looked into the heart of mankind and said He wants to...
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
John, told the historian, second-century Bishop Papias of Hierapolis, John affirmed and approved the Gospels of Mark and Matthew. Historians B.W. Bacon, Martin Hengel and Henry Barclay Swete, maintain these references to Papias are credible. Papias wrote five books interviewing the accuracy of the sayings of Jesus by speaking with witnesses. Eusebuis quoted Papias from time to time.
John records Jesus - God is Love.
God is the one who will go into situations of messy behavior - throughout Scripture - and make a Path. A Way. A Truth. A Life. Not just 'a life'. Life! And have it abundantly.
John Donne wrote - Find What Wind Serves to Advance an Honest Mind.
Christians have a response to this Overwhelming Love. We are Temple to His Holy Spirit.
Expectation, Hope, Faith, Rebirth,
We are Supposed to recharge. Renew. Just as Jesus was saucy to Nicodemus. We are to be reborn. Tell Him with honesty - when we feel forgotten, left behind. God wants us to have hope and faith - leading to Love.
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind[e] blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus wasn't just Baptized. When He rose from the water - God told Him -
"You are my Beloved Son."
God enters in - we should as well. In Expectation - The Wind of the Spirit will bless.
Father God - GIVE US THE DAY!!! You are FOR us!!! In Jesus Christ. Amen.