Luke 6:1-5 (NKJV) 6 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” 3 But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” 5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
The Sabbath is a day of rest; no work is to be done. So, when the Pharisees saw the disciples plucked the grain and rubbed it in their hands, they accused the disciples of working, threshing the grain on the Sabbath day. Well, to be precise, the disciples were within the bounds of the Mosaic Law. For it permitted people to pull the grain, which is not considered harvesting. But the Pharisees made their own interpretation of the Law. So, that they could accuse the disciples of breaking the Law. Funny that is the same today with those who are legalistic; they do the same thing. Nevertheless, Jesus did not argue with the Pharisees for they were clearly wrong. Instead, Jesus cited an incident in the life of David. Jesus used this example to point out that the Law was not to be imposed when it wrought hardship upon God’s servants. God makes an exception in the case of David and in the case of the disciples, because God did not intend that this law be so slavishly followed as to permit His servants to starve. Now, my friends, be careful not to decide for yourself what is and what isn’t allowed. It is important to realize that God is the Lord of the Sabbath. Meaning, God gave the Law, and He is best qualified to interpret its true spiritual meaning and to save it from misinterpretation.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.