Zion Lutheran Sioux Falls

Jesus Calls Matthew

February 14, 2021
Zion Lutheran Sioux Falls
Jesus Calls Matthew
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Zion Lutheran Sioux Falls
Jesus Calls Matthew
Feb 14, 2021

Our Bible Reading of the Day is Mark 2:13-17. Levi (also known as Matthew) was a tax collector. In the Roman world, tax collectors make America’s IRS look like a charity organization. They often made their income by scraping every dime they could from their fellow man’s wallet. Worse yet, since Jewish tax collectors, such as Levi, were employed by the Roman government, they were viewed as backstabbers. Fuse together Ebenezer Scrooge and Benedict Arnold, and there you have a man like Levi. In the ancient world, you didn’t just pull up a chair at any table. To be in table fellowship with someone was to say, “I am a comrade of this person. I accept and affirm him.” Thus, when the Pharisees see Jesus dining with “tax          collectors and sinners” (which to them were virtually synonymous), they are aghast (Mark 2:16). We sinners rejoice, for we, like Matthew, have been called from our own sin to dine at the table of the Friend of sinners, Jesus.

Show Notes

Our Bible Reading of the Day is Mark 2:13-17. Levi (also known as Matthew) was a tax collector. In the Roman world, tax collectors make America’s IRS look like a charity organization. They often made their income by scraping every dime they could from their fellow man’s wallet. Worse yet, since Jewish tax collectors, such as Levi, were employed by the Roman government, they were viewed as backstabbers. Fuse together Ebenezer Scrooge and Benedict Arnold, and there you have a man like Levi. In the ancient world, you didn’t just pull up a chair at any table. To be in table fellowship with someone was to say, “I am a comrade of this person. I accept and affirm him.” Thus, when the Pharisees see Jesus dining with “tax          collectors and sinners” (which to them were virtually synonymous), they are aghast (Mark 2:16). We sinners rejoice, for we, like Matthew, have been called from our own sin to dine at the table of the Friend of sinners, Jesus.