Matthew 12:1-21 by Karen Norris

Jesus was walking through the corn field with His disciples, and they were hungry so they picked and ate the corn. The Pharisees saw this as working on the Sabbath day. So they approached Him and told Him that this was an unlawful to do on the Sabbath day.

Jesus simply asked had they not read what David did when he was hungry, how he entered into the house of God and ate the shewbread, which was only for the priests. This could be a representation of when we take in the bread (Jesus is the bread). We become priests and can now enter the house of God. He also asked them when the priests profaned the Sabbath how were they blameless,” and you blame the disciples for picking the corn?” What’s the difference?

Jesus says there is one greater here than the temple, meaning Himself. That’s like saying there is one greater than the church. This must have been a shock to them because the temple is the highest they knew. Jesus was going to become the highest, higher than the earthly order.

They were going by the law and didn’t recognize Jesus as the higher order. He tells them the son of man is Lord of the Sabbath. He was saying He had authority over the laws.

Yet the Pharisees were looking for something to accuse him of, so when he healed the man with the withered hand, they asked if that was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. Jesus asked, “If one of your sheep fell into a pit on the Sabbath would you not rescue it?”

Jesus sees man as his sheep, and He will also rescue him. That’s almost like saying don’t save someone on the Sabbath. What a perfect day to save someone.

This is about a change from law to spirit living. Jesus is on a mission to bring in the Gentiles to God’s family, and also those who have been rejected and deemed unholy. This is a chance to become whole through Jesus. It’s like a spirit connected chain that begins with the Father, then goes to Jesus, and on to us as sons to bring more into the family of God.

“Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased.” We are his servants. And in His name shall the Gentiles trust.

About Brian Leslie Coatney

So that you know a little about me, I was born in Detroit MI, but after my dad left, my mother returned to her hometown of Hopkinsville, where she and her mother raised me, my sister, and two brothers. My mother was a career elementary teacher. I earned my BA in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1971, so I'm a Tar Heel. I went through Naval ROTC there on a full scholarship and then served four years as an officer, followed by various jobs after that, and then an MA degree in English in 2002 from Austin Peay State University. I've been with HCC both part time and full time since 2002. At present I'm full time at HCC’s Fort Campbell campus, teaching ten courses this school year. I have great interest in and commitment to my courses, which are your courses too. On a personal note, I married Tandy Anderson in 1971, and we’re still married! I graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1967, and Tandy graduated from HHS in 1968. We got to know each other in 1970 after my junior year of college, and we married when I graduated. She completed her first two years at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, and then transferred for her junior year of college to Coker College in SC, where a friend of her family was the college president. Her plan was to do her senior year abroad in Israel, but then we got married and moved to San Diego CA, where my ship was home ported. She lost interest in school until 1992 when she finished her BA at Austin Peay State U. and then her MA in school psychology at Appalachian State U. in Boone, NC. She’s been a practicing school psychologist in the Christian County School System since 1998. We have two sons, Carson (40) and Elliot (38), both married, and five grandchildren (13, 11. 9, 4, and 1) and our sons and their families live in Boone, NC, where Carson and his wife, Mindy, own their own artisan bakery called Stick Boy Bread Co (, and Elliot, married to Joanna, works for a restaurant corporation in administration. Elliot is also a professional painter and has a web site
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