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It is unfortunate when something gets passed one’s own edited, and the editing of others. This is what has happened, however. Lest I teach something that is factually incorrect, a correction needs to be presented.

 

In the December 2013 issue of The Gospel Gleaner is an article of mine on the weightier matters of the law (Matthew 23:23). I had stated that David did nothing wrong, but that is false and needs to be corrected. I knew it when I wrote it, but failed to return to correct it. The mistake, obviously, is mine. Below [in brackets] is how it should have read (in part).

Early in Jesus’ ministry (Mark 2:23-28), an accusation was leveled against Him and His disciples concerning breaking the Sabbath. “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” (Mark 2:24). Jesus rejected this accusation for two reasons. First, in their quickness to level an accusation against Jesus they failed to notice the example of Israel’s great king, David. Any one of good sense would realize that David’s predicament was not one of his own doing, but the result of King Saul having a jealous spirit and seeking to kill God’s chosen anointed (David; 1 Samuel 21). David [had no intention of doing anything] wrong [but with his circumstances being what they were and with the priest’s invitation to eat the show-bread he did what he did. But more than this, the Pharisees were quick to excuse David when it was explicitly against the Law of Moses, but quick to accuse Jesus when all He violated was their tradition!] Second, they failed to understand the significance of the Sabbath command. The Pharisees gave a good many prohibitions to things forbidden on the Sabbath that it became a weight in itself. This is illustrated with the descriptive language of Acts 1:12, a “Sabbath day’s journey.”