Genesis 1:31-2:3 (NRSV)
31 God saw everything
that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening
and there was morning, the sixth day.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their
2 And on the seventh
day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the
seventh day from all the work that he had done.
3 So God blessed
the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all
the work that he had done in creation.
Matthew 12:1-8 (NRSV)
1 At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the sabbath;
his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain
and to eat.
2 When the Pharisees
saw it, they said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing
what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.’
3 He said to them,
‘Have you not read what David did when he and his companions
4 He entered the
house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not
lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.
5 Or have you
not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple
break the sabbath and yet are guiltless?
6 I tell you,
something greater than the temple is here.
7 But if you had
known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”,
you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son
of Man is lord of the sabbath.’