Mark 2:23-29 – Sabbath Snacks
Another few verses and another “I never noticed” moment. Like the whole fasting thing, Jesus was not be accused of doing anything wrong. He was being questioned about the actions of His disciples. It was His disciples that were feasting when everyone else was fasting … It was His followers that were plucking grain (reaping) on the Sabbath. So right from the beginning, He was an advocate for others, answering accusations made against apparent sinners.
And who were these guys following them around looking for ways to discredit the new teacher anyway? They were guys were just a bunch of intellectuals with no authority, akin to many of the talking heads of today. Masters of the art of influence and persuasion, they could sway public opinion. Much like a prosecuting attorney without the authority. (Rather Satanic actually). They were not out for justice, they were more interested in the status that comes from winning.
Jesus came to take on the accuser on our behalf. What an awesome way to begin defining His role as Messiah! The Messiah is not an accuser. As a matter of fact, there is not an accuser in the Godhead. Although God demands righteousness, He is not the prosecuting attorney, He is the judge. He leaves the defense to Jesus.
God is not made at me and brings no accusation against me. It is not that He does not care when I stumble, it is that His real goal is to restore me to His image so that I can take me rightful place in the society of His kingdom. He wanted this so badly that He deployed His Son and Spirit to walk me through my rehab and to protect me from the Accuser. Can’t beat that for a justice system!