"But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day"(Matthew 12:3-8)
Today's Morsel: When we read about David, we usually focus some on his worship and some on his failure. But we do not focus too much on what is spoken of his greatness other than his slaying Goliath. David, by all accounts, was a great man of God. He's called a man after God's own heart. He's called a warrior, a king, and even a worshipper. Jesus often makes mention to David in His teachings, because He knew that the people had great respect for David. He knew that the people knew how much had gone into the construction of the temple that David had left for Solomon his son to build. He knew that they saw David and the temple as being something great. But He told them the story of David's actions when he was hungry and how he violated protocol in the temple to focus them that they needed to break traditional rituals. He knew that they were worshipping the temple more than the One the temple was supposed to be teaching them to worship. He knew they were worshipping with their lips, but their heart was far from Him. And so He told them that there stood one amongst them that was greater than the temple. This was shocking to them because they knew the value of the temple. And so He told them, "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day." We hear people all the time saying phrased like my church or our church. But when will it become Jesus' church? When Jesus said, "There stand among them one greater than the temple," He was speaking about Himself, the Creator of heaven and earth. And the writer of Hebrews tells us, "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" (Hebrews 6:13-20).
Sing: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praise, in the city of our God, in the mountains of His holiness, beautiful for situations, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the side of the north, the city of the great King.