This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Luke 6:1-11, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
One day, Jesus and His disciples were walking through some fields when His disciples picked some heads of grain to eat. But some of the Pharisees (religious leaders) saw this and got angry.
They said, “Why are you doing something that is not allowed on the Sabbath?” The Sabbath was a day of rest, and there were rules about what you could and could not do on that day.
Jesus answered the Pharisees by asking if they remembered the story of David. He said, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?” He continued, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
On another Sabbath day, Jesus went to the synagogue to teach. While He was there, He saw a man with a withered hand. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He would break the Sabbath rules by healing the man. But Jesus knew what they were thinking, and He asked them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?”
Then Jesus asked the man to come forward and stand in front of everyone. He told him, “Stretch out your hand.” And just when he did what Jesus said, his hand was healed!
The man was so happy, but the scribes and the Pharisees were not. They were angry and talked about what they could do to Jesus.
- Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.
- The Pharisees’ legalism and obsession with rules blinded them to the love and compassion of Jesus.
- Jesus’ healing of the man with the withered hand demonstrates His power and authority as the Son of God.
- Jesus’ teaching and actions show us that love and mercy are more important than legalistic interpretations of religious rules.