the One who defines holiness

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Luke 6:1-5

Luk 6:1 Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them.
Luk 6:2 But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?”
Luk 6:3 Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry–
Luk 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any to eat but the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?”
Luk 6:5 Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

the One who defines holiness

Jesus’ argument was not that the king has the right to supplant the authority of the priests, although it is easy to see how people could make that claim based on this text. No, his statement that he (the Son of Man) is lord of the Sabbath is the basis for what David did, not the other way around. The Messiah defines holiness. The Holy Spirit told David that the kingdom could not be advanced, nor holiness served, by he and his men starving. Likewise, that same Holy Spirit prompted the disciples to take care of their need for food while serving and following Christ.

LORD, thank you for all of your provisions, not just the “sacred” ones.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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