Day 2 Read: Matthew 12:7-8
7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Reflect: When Jesus says, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,” what is He really saying?
Consider: In line with the prophetic perspective of the Sermon on the Mount (see at 5:17), here the Matthean Jesus clarifies the Law from a prophetic perspective. Drawing support from Ho. 6:6, Jesus declares that needy people who pluck grain to eat on the sabbath are guiltless.2
Respond: What does Jesus mean when He says “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath?
2 John Nolland, The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text, New International Greek Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: W.B. Eerdmans; Paternoster Press, 2005), 485.