Feb. 8. Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

Mt. 12:1-8; Mk. 2:23-28; Lk. 6:1-5

A week later on the next Sabbath, as Jesus and His disciples traveled, they came to a field of grain (probably barley). They were hungry and the disciples began to pull the heads of grain and to eat them. The Law of Moses permitted the plucking of grain from a standing field and even required that the corners not be harvested so the poor and strangers could gather for themselves.

Even though the disciples were hungry, the Pharisees condemned them for “doing what was not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” Jesus pointed out that even the priests perform intense work on the Sabbath while doing their priestly duties.