For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.Jesus responds to the attack of the Pharisees with four arguments: David and his men ate consecrated bread and were guiltless because they were about the service of the Lord (1 Sam. 21:6). Also, David was the Lord’s anointed (1 Sam. 16:13). Second, even the priests in the Temple worked on the Sabbath, but also were in service to the Lord. Yet, He Himself was greater than the Temple. Third, quoting Hosea 6:6, God declares that He desires mercy more than sacrifices. Finally, Jesus declares Himself
Lord … of the Sabbath, a direct claim to be God in the flesh.