The Rules of Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-14
The Saducees ruled at the Temple, but the Pharisees had the most influence over the common people. One of the ways they maintained this influence was by making the rules so complicated, people needed the Pharisees to explain it all. This was especially true regarding the weekly Sabbath. Yeshua threatened their source of power by explaining God's Law, the Torah, in the simple terms of principles rather than in long lists of do's and dont's.
Just remember this. If you find yourself worrying about exactly where the limit is between "allowed" and "forbidden", then you're missing the point of Shabbat. It's a friendlier KYSS principle: Keep Your Sabbath Simple.
From Jay Carper at American Torah (https://www.AmericanTorah.com).
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