Life Journal (9/23/2015) – Sabbath Breaking

After a not-quite two-week hiatus, my daily devotional blog posts are back!

Scripture     Luke 6:1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”


  • Why were they walking through the grainfields? Premeditated sabbath-breaking? And why were the Pharisees there – wherever “there” was?
  • Jesus connecting himself to David
  • Jesus answers their question / challenge with another question!


Hmmmm. Is Jesus the lord of my religious, spiritual practices? Or not? It strikes me as I read this familiar story today that Jesus is saying that he is lord of what people need, what kind of rest and renewal and restoration the sabbath is meant to bring. And that the day matters not as much as the Lord who is honored and worshiped on that day.

What would Jesus have me to today to honor him? What does God want me to do today to draw nearer? How does the Holy Spirit speak to bring rest and renewal? What I think works may not be – often is not- what God wants to do and me to do to find sabbath rest, to receive grace, to know more deeply the divine love.

Who is lord of my sabbath.. I or the Lord of the Sabbath???


Lord of the Sabbath, you gave your people rest every seven days. May I rest today in you. You broke the rhythm of their week and work to remind then who is lord not just of the sabbath but of life. Show me today the ways, the paths, the channels of grace you want me to follow rather than to do what I want or what I prefer to receive your grace. Feed me soul as the disciples fed their bodies on that long-ago sabbath. And break my sabbaths to make them into your sabbaths again.

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