As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.At this the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"
Sometimes when I read these stories it feels like the Pharisees are like ninjas - lurking, ready to swoop in and pounce on Jesus and His disciples. I mean - they were just walking through a field, grabbing a piece of grain and next thing you know - BAM there's a Pharisee, calling them out. I imagine Jesus was like, "C'mon! Do you guys not have anything better to do?" They're like Ninja Pharisees.
Do you have a relationship with somebody who jumps on you for nothing or who is quick to point out your mistakes? Or, be honest, do you do this? Sometimes we Ninja-Pharisee (Yep. I just turned it into a verb!) the people we are closest to, and who tend to get on our nerves - our spouse or parent. Other times we do it to people we feel threatened by, like a coworker. And you know it's happening all over the internet.
No one likes to feel like they have to walk on eggshells or watch every word they say so they're not called out. It's not healthy and it's not a good way to build up a relationship. So let's take time today to pray that God will show us if we are Ninja-Pharisee'ing and how to use more constructive words, or maybe hold our words all together.