Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
At that time a Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to b 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 c what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
"how he entered the house of God and ate d the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, e but only for the priests?
"Or have you not read in the f 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 g One greater than the temple.
"But if you had known what this means, h 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
"For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.
Luke 6:1 - 5
Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.
When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not use a sickle on your neighbor's standing grain.
Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
1 Samuel 21:6
So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.
And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.
And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.
Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of consecration offerings, as I commanded, saying, 'Aaron and his sons shall eat it.
"And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy to him from the offerings of the LORD made by fire, by a perpetual statute."
And on the Sabbath day two lambs in their first year, without blemish, and two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour as a grain offering, mixed with oil, with its drink offering -
Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.
2 Chronicles 6:18
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1 Samuel 15:22
So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Micah 6:6 - 8
With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old?
"But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."