Jesus Finds Joy In All His Work
Once when John's disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast, people
came to Jesus and said, "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples
of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus said to them, "Can guests fast at a wedding while the bridegroom
is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot
fast. But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from
them; then they will fast. No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old
coat; otherwise the patch breaks away from it, the new from the old, and
the tear is made worse. No man pours new wine into old wine-skins;
otherwise the new wine bursts the skins, and both the wine and the
wine-skins are lost. Instead new wine is poured into fresh wine-skins."
One Sabbath Jesus was walking through the grain-fields; and his
disciples, as they made their way through, began to pull off the heads
of the grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Sir, why are they doing things
that on the Sabbath are unlawful?" He said to them, "Have you never read
what David did when he and his followers were in need and hungry? how he
went into the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the
holy bread which only the priests are allowed to eat, and gave it also
to those who were with him?"
And Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for
the Sabbath; so that the Son of Man is master even of the Sabbath."
At another time he went into a synagogue. A man was there whose hand was
shrivelled. And they watched Jesus to see whether he would heal him on
the Sabbath day, that they might bring a charge against him. Jesus said
to the man whose hand was shrivelled, "Rise and come forward." Then he
said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good or to do harm?
To save life or to kill? Who of you, if he has but one sheep and it
falls into a hole on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it
out? Is not a man of much greater value than a sheep?" But they did not
answer. Then looking around upon them with sorrow and indignation
because they had no sympathy, he said to the man, "Stretch out your
hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was entirely cured. But the
Pharisees went out and at once began to plot with the Herodians against
him, how they might put him out of the way.
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