Matthew 12:1 to Matthew 21

Here the reading tells of Jesus as the Lord of the Sabbath, as Jesus and his disciples passed through the grain field at a certain time, the disciples were hungry and ate on a Sabbath, the Pharisee saw them and condemned their action being a Sabbath. Jesus explains how the priest eat in the temple which is not lawful yet they are guiltless but He is greater than the temple and desires mercy not sacrifice. Their lack of knowledge of who Jesus is had made them judge him and his disciples as guilty, Jesus says to them The son of man is the Lord of the Sabbath. Furthermore, Jesus enters their synagogue and heals the man with a withered hand on a sabbath, while the Pharisee questioned the act and asked if it was good to heal on a sabbath? His reply was simple: which of you would not pull out your sheep from a pit if it falls on a sabbath? This made them conspire against him and Jesus knowing this left their midst but continued to heal as many that followed him who needed restoration telling them not to make him known as he proclaims justice for the Gentiles.

Life Application
We must understand in everything Jesus is Lord! Laws and traditions/ philosophy cannot undermine who Jesus is. He came to proclaim justice for the all who believe. Powers and authorities are confounded by the power and purpose of Christ Jesus. Know without a doubt that in the name of Christ Jesus you have hope for restoration of all things.

Personal Declaration
I declare Jesus is Lord over all that concerns me. Christ is my hope of glory and I have mercy in His name.

Reading – Matthew 12:1 to Matthew 21

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent.For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus,they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

God’s Chosen Servant

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him.17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
    the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
    no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21     In his name the nations will put their hope.”[b]


  1. Matthew 12:7 Hosea 6:6
  2. Matthew 12:21 Isaiah 42:1-4

All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.