One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath? Luke 6:1-2
Marianna, Florida, is a poor town with no soup kitchen, still affected by 2018 Hurricane Michael. Its food bank is on the far east side of town, inaccessible to most without a car. My husband is an Assistant State Attorney and hates prosecuting poor people for stealing food to feed their families. Today, corona virus is causing the shutdown of group travel, Disney, conventions, and sports events. Many will lose jobs and don’t realize they could go to any church for help. They will steal food to feed their families.
Jesus and His followers aren’t employed. It has been days since Levi Matthew’s banquet, and they’re hungry. Without food banks or soup kitchens, society made provisions for the poor. When grain was harvested, farmers were required to leave leftovers. It was also lawful for the poor to pick heads of grain from plants as long as they didn’t use a sickle to take the whole plant. So, Jesus’ Pharisee followers aren’t accusing Jesus of stealing. Pharisees followed strict Jewish law. They’re questioning Jesus working on the Sabbath.
Heavenly Father, we pray for physical and mental healing, jobs, and provisions for those affected by the coronavirus. Give church leaders the yearning to make known the assistance they are able to give. As your servants, Lord, show us ways to help.