Mark's Gospel

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Picking Corn of the Sabbath

(Mark 2:23-28)

The disciples would be fasting since sunset of the previous day. To the Pharisees, plucking the ears of corn would be reaping, and rubbing them out would be threshing. This was work which was forbidden on the Sabbath. Jesus pointed out that David, the national hero, had, when in need, eaten the holy bread which was reserved for the priests only, and had given it also to his hungry men. In this way, with the connivance of the priest, he broke the letter of the Law. Jesus made it plain that people matter more than things; that circumstances alter cases. Jesus seemed to go out of his way to break the Sabbath regulations. In fact, he only broke the letter of the Law when it hindered the fulfillment of its spirit.

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