What Jesus Did! 'Witness to Hostile People' — Matthew 12:1-2

Sunday, May 30, 2021

At about that time Jesus was walking through some grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, "Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath."
— Matthew 12:1-2 NLT

Key Thought

Legal loop holes are one thing, but a political and legal pothole is another. The Pharisees were looking to harm Jesus and hurt his growing ministry. They were looking for a political issue to damage Jesus' popularity, and they were looking for a religious noose so they can hang him on some theological issue. Jesus lived all of his life under public scrutiny. In many ways, most of us do, too. So let's live our lives in a way that honors Christ's example of character that was unwavering even in the face of unjust criticism such as that in today's verses.

Today's Prayer

O Lord Almighty, as I live my life before others in witness to your mercy and grace, forgive me when my example is not what it should be and mature me to be more like Jesus in my personal and public life. In the Lord Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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  • 2 Timothy 3:10-12
  • Matthew 5:11-12


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Illustration of Matthew 12:1-2 NLT — "Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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