DAY 247 OF 365 IN 2021
DON’T PASS JUDGEMENT SO EASILY
Luke 6:3-4 Jesus replied to them, “Have you not even read [in the Scriptures] what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him— how he went into the house of God, and took and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful [for anyone] to eat except the priests alone, and [how he also] gave it to the men who were with him?”
We all seem to be very good at giving verdicts; offering our opinions about the matters of others even when we lack an experiential dimension. We can very simply apply some logic to arrive at an answer that makes sense in many instances. However, there are some spots and places that until one has personally stood in, you are not placed anywhere well enough to make comments or render judgement.
We read today about the disciples of Jesus walking through a field of corn and plucking some of the grains to satisfy their hunger. Jesus saw, but said nothing. The pharisees on the other hand would not be silent when they noticed hence made their displeasure known “why do your disciples do the unlawful on the Sabbath?”
Jesus’ response was to make reference to a precedent set by David. However, this reference brought up some questions. Perhaps, in a normal turn of events, for breaking the law, David and the disciples of Jesus could have suffered serious consequences for their actions. But that seemed to be of no concern to either of them. We ponder then on the question “how desperate must David have been to eat the bread reserved for the priests and to give some to his men?
So we go back to our opening paragraph and an admonishing “if you have not found yourself in a situation so trying that breaking the rules appears the only available option, then neither be too hard on others nor be too quick to pass judgement”.