July 05, 2019
 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.  And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?  And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;  How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?
This passage reminded me of a story from my childhood, we had gone to eat as a family one evening at a little restaurant in Walkertown, we were going through the line cafeteria style, and at the end of the line there were desserts. My sister was probably 4 or 5 and she was walking through and poking her finger into several pieces of saran wrapped pies (I guess my parents didn’t see her or just didn’t care) but a man sitting at his table eating saw it and said “little girl stop doing that” my dad immediately went into “super protective dad mode” (which I would also do) I won’t tell you everything my dad said because I don’t want you to think he is a violent men. The point that he got across was that she belongs to me, and anything you have to say to her you come through me to do it. My dad got his point across because I don’t think that man looked up from his plate the rest of his meal.
Here Jesus comes to the defense of his disciples. It never says Jesus picked the corn, the Pharisees addressed the disciples, not Jesus, in fact the Pharisees weren’t wrong in their accusations, but I love that Jesus answers for his disciples. In that moment he was their advocate. Scripture tells us that He is our advocate!
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Right now as you read this Jesus makes intercession for us. That means as I struggle, as I fail, as I stumble, as I sin, as I strive to obey, as I try to do God’s will it’s Jesus who says to Satan every time he accuses me, he’s mine, he belongs to me. How encouraging is that? Whatever you are facing today Jesus is for you, however you may fail today Jesus has your back, if you feel like no else is in your corner Jesus is on your side. I’m thankful for an earthly father who I would fight for me, to protect me, I’m also thankful for a Heavenly Father who died for me and promised
Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.