“Jesus and Consecrated Bread”
“Jesus and Consecrated Bread”
Read the account once account…David and his men and the Bread of Presence…
The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.”
David answered the priest and said to him,
“Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey;
how much more then today will their vessels be holy?”
So the priest gave him consecrated bread;
for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.
Too often, when people read the Old Testament, even true believers, we think “what is the point?”…”how does this apply to me today?”, etc.
Every account is important.
Every Word is of significance.
Jesus quoted from this passage!
He knew that the Word of the Old Testament provides wisdom, instruction, hope, etc. etc.
Jesus was being confronted by the Pharisees.
They were accusing Him and his disciples of breaking the Law…specifically the Sabbath.
Now it happened that He was passing through some grain fields on a Sabbath; and His disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating the grain.
But some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
And Jesus answering them said,
“Have you not even read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him,
how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread which is not lawful for any to eat except the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?”
And He was saying to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Jesus threw done the gauntlet before the Pharisees.
He had not “broke” the Sabbath.
He did break their tradition and their interpretation.
Jesus declared that the Son of Man (Him!) is Lord of the Sabbath.
The other gospels tell us of this account…
Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
“So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
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.”
In the Matthew account Jesus asked it they had not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priest in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent.
This is referring to a couple of things.
The priests would sacrifice on the Sabbath…that required “work” according to their interpretation.
Then, often on the Sabbath, the priests had to perform circumcisions…required eight days after birth.
Jesus was showing that compassion, mercy, grace trumps Law.
Jesus was revealing that “something greater” than the temple was there - Him!
We would do well to remember this…