But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.”
Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat.
And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?
I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!
But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’
References for Matthew 12:7
For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”
References for Matthew 12:8
Then Jesus went over to their synagogue,
where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)
And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would.
And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”