An excerpt from “The Holy One Called Isa,” by Pastor Ward Clinton:
Injil Markus 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
Injil Markus 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
Deuteronomy 23:25 allowed the disciples and the people to do this. Tradition established by that time and the Mishnah said they could not do this on the Sabbath as though their tradition were greater than the Law given to them by Moses. This is quite similar to claiming the Hadith is greater than the Koran by certain Muslim teaching for if it is then that, the Quran, is diminished in value beyond measure and perhaps an admission that the present day Koran has been corrupted.
The Pharisees had quickly pounced and pointed out the multiple transgressions they believed the disciples had committed. It was obvious they expected Jesus to reprimand His disciples and command them to stop. Instead He spoke to these “Imams” in their own language and chastised them in His own way which may be a wee bit hard for us to see because we are, fortunately, not under their traditions and rules although we must remember that we are not at liberty to do as we please because we ought to obey the one who is Lord of the Sabbath which is the kalimat Allah, Isa. The one true God made the Sabbath to make our lives better and fuller.
Injil Markus 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered, he, and they that were with him?
Injil Markus 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
See 1st Samuel 21:3-6
Injil Markus 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
Injil Markus 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Religious tradition had so multiplied and twisted the restrictions, rules, and requirements for keeping the Sabbath that the burden became almost unbearable. However living a holy life is not simply the keeping of requirements but the seeking of the One who set the requirements in order that He might be found. The requirements set forth in the first covenant were not intended to drive us from Him but to make us understand our need for Him. Likewise the first six chapters of Romans in the New Covenant are intended for the same purpose.
They call Him a sinner, a Sabbath breaker. But their definition of sin is improper, the only Sabbath laws that Jesus broke were the man-made ones, created by sinful men, like Mohammad, lusting for power over others rather than truly desiring to properly interpret God’s law. There are those who stridently deny that a follower of Christ can walk the highway of holiness and to prove it they redefine sin to ensure that none can. But God commanded, “Be holy,” and Messiah Jesus said, “Sin not,” which logically indicates there must be a way to obey.