Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2
23 Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. 24 The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?”
25 He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? 26 During the time when Abiathar was high priest, David went into God’s house and ate the bread of the presence, which only the priests were allowed to eat. He also gave bread to those who were with him.” 27 Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. 28 This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath” (Mark 2:23-28, Common English Bible).
I ran across something a little while ago that said, If you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t hungry. I don’t think that is true. There are even some people to whom I would say, “No, you don’t need an apple” for various reasons. There are people with allergies to apples. There are also people who just plain don’t like eating apples. I fall into that category. Ever since I had my upper front two teeth removed, I don’t like to eat an apple or corn on the cob. There is nothing with either of the two. But, since my two upper front teel were knocked out when I was a senior in high school and had crowns put it, eating them hasn’t been comfortable. When those two crowns were removed late last year as well as three bottom teeth the crown had worn to nothing, I have had to start wearing partials. They are always coming loose when I bite down on something hard. They are not fun to wear.
In today’s lesson, the Pharisees are chewing on Jesus, up one side and down the other. Why? The disciples, on the Sabbath, working wasn’t allowed and gathering food could prove problematic.
The disciples were hungry so, they pulled off the heads of the wheat and ate them. That set the Pharisees off. There wasn’t a law against it, dad would have been like, help yourself to what is in there. He would probably question the Pharisees before they really made a scene.
But, the thought occurred to me, sometimes we hunger for what is not food. Instead, we had them sitting in a room several of use took over the babysitting dues to $100 other activities and then we prayed for no rain anytime soon. All were enamored in that small pieces of grain and how much they were wanting to sing. Jesus and the disciples just needed something to eat. Many transfers happen in this world and I don’t pretend to know what they are all about. What if, the psalmist told us the 12 had to continue on the spot. No food for them!!!
No, what if this message is about being hungry for the Gospel message. We are all called to be in a relationship with God and others around us. All too often people spend their time looking for meaning, fulfillment, and joy. Every time we come before God, we prepare ourselves a little more so we might be ready to for the return.
We wait for the Lord. As we wait, may we all study, and pray that when He arrives, we might find we are at least somewhat hungry for the Word of God.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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