As Jesus and His disciples walked through the grain fields, His disciples began picking the heads of the grain and eating them. When the Pharisees saw this they accused the disciples of breaking the sabbath for doing what was unlawful.
While Jesus was in the synagogue He healed a man’s hand. The Pharisees asked if this was unlawful and Jesus compared a shepherd saving a fallen sheep on the sabbath to helping a man in need stating “how much more valuable is a person than a sheep!” The Pharisees began plotting how to kill Jesus. Aware of this, He continued on, gaining a large crowd. He continued to heal people and warned His followers not to tell anyone about Him to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Elijah. Jesus again heals another man who was demon-posessed. Again the Pharisees speculate against Him claiming that He is the “prince of demons.” Jesus being aware of their thoughts warns them of their accusations and their consequences. “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Jesus knew exactly what the Pharisees were up to. They questioned His every move trying to find fault in His teaching and actions. Jesus was not concerned with religious laws, he was concerned with people. Just like the Pharisees, we can get caught up in religious laws and traditions that we forget what we as Christ-followers are here to do…share the good news of Jesus! We can become consumed with what we are against instead of what we are for.
At the end of the chapter, Jesus warns of the consequences for the Pharisees accusations. He warns against their blasphemy and slander. He also warns of empty words spoken. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account for every empty word they have spoken.” We must remember that our words carry weight!
Father, thank you for your word. Guard my thoughts and words and let them be pleasing to you always. Use me to show the world Your love. It is in your precious name I pray, Amen.