The Pharisees are watching Jesus’ disciples for instances of Law breaking. Everyone knows the Pharisees have the Laws and the Words of the Scripture on their side. How maddening that Jesus’ people cannot resist breaking laws just to make a point. Don’t they know God’s Words are always right?
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:1-8)
In Matthew 12:1-8 Jesus’ followers picked grains on the Sabbath and and Pharisees accused them of breaking the Law. Jesus answered that David’s men ate bread offered to God so they will not starve. The needs of the Children of God takes higher priority than purity laws. Jesus quoted a scripture reference, “It is kindness that I want, not sacrifices.” Scripture should not be used to kill God’s people, but kindness should be offered. Jesus said the Pharisees should not condemn people who are not guilty because Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath; Jesus is Lord.
This has a parallel for the gay Christians. Their same-sex attractions last for an entire lifetime for them. They are accused of violations of the purity laws. Gay Christians’ lives are being sacrificed through the persecutions from a few condemning Bible verses. Gay Christians would like to follow Jesus, but they need loving companions for life as well. According to Matthew 12:1-8, the Gay Christians’ need take higher priority compared to these condemning verses. Look up to Jesus before trying to do harm to these gay Christians. What’s harming? Kicking them out, excluding them to make them disappear, making them illegal or even non-person.
Lord we thank you for you made every one of us in all of our diversities. May we grow stronger in our pursuit of your ways, reaching, learning, and healing. Amen.