12 Jul Matthew 12:3-8

But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone? Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Jesus disputes the Pharisees’ charges with a story from David’s life (1 Samuel 21:1-6), the example of “priests in the temple,” and His own authority over the Sabbath. What was Jesus teaching the Pharisees and His disciples? Does your life exhibit the same compassion for people as Jesus’ life?