This observation of grain plucking began the argument, then Matthew says, "He went to their synagogue." I expect he went looking for a fight. It was his design to continue this conflict, not theirs, even though they brought the man with the withered hand and intended to fight.
A bruised reed he won't break and a smoldering wick he won't snuff out. I love that!
When accused of casting out demons by Beelzebub Jesus uses four lines of argument to refute them:
- "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
- Your sons cast out demons. How do they do it?
- If I cast out demons by the Holy Spirit then the kingdom of God has come. (This is the heart of the issue).
- Bind the strong man, then plunder his house.