And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?Luke 6:1-2
Defining a person’s work and its season seems to have been the aim of the fourth command of the Sinai Covenant. When we put everyone’s work on the schedule we find a tear in the fabric of justice.
The case of the man who gathered firewood on the Sabbath and perished as condemned must come to mind because it illustrates what should happen when the Sabbath is violated. One would think that both criteria – THE WORK and THE SEASON – were met in that guilty verdict. One would also admit that guilty verdicts have been found to be faulty.
Who said that people are not allowed
• To eat on the Sabbath?
• Procure food on the Sabbath?
• Prepare food on the Sabbath?
No one. Neither were we aware that sacred duties profane the Sabbath with no indictment. Feeding the hungry is no longer suspect activity and creating the environment for people to be charged with Sabbath profanation is a malicious and unchristian venture. Feeding the hungry is noble activity any hour and any day.