But when the Pharisees saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” — Matt 12:2 NET
The Pharisees were very close observers of what Jesus did. They went along with Him, not because they loved to be with Him, but as spies upon His conduct. The behavior of good people is watched by un–friendly eyes. Hence we should live most carefully, so as to give no cause for blame. At the same time the example of Christ’s disciples here shows us that we are not to be slaves of opinions which have no foundation in the Word of God.
Another lesson is, that we can find better business than playing spy on the lives and conduct of our fellow men. The unfriendly espionage of the Pharisees on the actions of our Lord and His disciples was most mean and contemptible for us to watch our fellow Christians, just to discover faults in them. Suppose they do not live as they should live; do we have to answer for their conduct? Perhaps our sin of un–charitableness in judging may be as great as the sin in them, which we are so quick to condemn.
Mornings With God - December 4
Public domain content taken from Morning Thoughts by J.R. Miller.