Question: Did Yahshua (Jesus) not break the Sabbath by healing or allowing plucking of corn?
Healing is not working Luk 13:16. As Jesus asked, is it unlawful to do good on Sabbath? And His accusers had to keep quiet Mark 3:4. Jesus also said the priests who perform their religious duties on the Sabbath or one circumcising a baby because the 8th day of its birth happened to fall on the Sabbath, is not breaking the law under their own understanding so how can healing be? John 7:22-
If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?”
As for the other accusation of the Pharisees and used as an excuse today, the plucking of corn on the Sabbath by the disciples is neither work. Eating is not violation of the Sabbath; but working is (Deut 23:24-
The best and only two things they could come up with then and used, as justification today to abstain from the Sabbath is disciples plucking the corn and Jesus healing on the Sabbath. Neither of which if looked into constitute work. Jesus was simply clarifying what the Sabbath is.
A lawyer can know the law, but not how to practice it. Hence they loose cases. A lawyer could practice law; but only have blinkered view, i.e. prosecutor or defender; hence the need for a judge to clarify the position. Lawyers can also be corrupt as many are thought to be today. Hence when Jesus accused the Pharisees of knowing the law but not understanding it; this is not a precedent for us to disobey the numerous times Jesus said we are to keep the commandments and the law. Whose words should carry more importance Jesus’ or Paul’s? Well in Luke 10:25 a lawyer asks Jesus “what shall I do to inherit eternal life”? Jesus replies "What is written in the law, how readest thou” is saying the answer is written in the law; but how do you understand it. Lawyer replies “Love God, with all heart, soul, strength and mind and neighbour as self”. Jesus, “you read and understand it right. Do this and live”. A similar example is in Matt 19:17 “Good master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” reply, “keep the commandments”. Clearly Jesus is saying the way to eternal life is written in the law which we are to keep. If this was not so He would have said. Thus when reading Paul’s words either Paul is wrong or we are misunderstanding Paul. It is ironic the leaders were accusing Jesus of breaking the law for healing within the temple and having a healed man carry his bed on the Sabbath yet they were allowing on a weekly basis breaking of the same law, within the temple by allowing trading and carrying of vessels on the Sabbath day (Mark 11:15-
Is saving a life on the Sabbath really work? Suppose you are a plumber on holiday and there is an incident on the plane and the question is asked “is there a doctor on board? There is no doctor; but you having watched a programme or TV a few nights before or maybe having some first aid training at work decide to come forward and help the person. Are you classed as working? I think not. Now suppose you did a good job; but there is a doctor on board then steps up and says good job; but you also need to do a, b, c. When asked why he did not come forward before he says “I’m on holiday and did not really want to get involved, I was hoping there would be another doctor to help out”. Would he be working for helping out? I think not. Lastly, if one understood God and His laws, they would read He would rather have mercy than sacrifice, they would see he made provision within the law for such acts of mercy on the Sabbaths.