Mercy For Matthew

Jesus left Capernaum, and as he walked along, he saw a tax collector, named Matthew (also called Levi), sitting at his office (57).

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Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Matthew got up and followed him!

Later, while Jesus was having a meal in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and other disreputable folks came and joined Jesus and his students at the table.

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Some Pharisees saw this and asked the students of Jesus, “Why does your teacher eat with such losers?”

Jesus, overhearing them, gave this reply:

“People who think they’re well don’t need a doctor; people who know they’re sick need a doctor!

“You need to consider what is meant by the verse from the inspired scriptures that says: ‘It is mercy that God wants, not religious ritual.’

“I have come to call losers like these into relationship with God.  I have not come for people who are self-reliant & judgmental.”

 

(57) Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17, Luke 5:27-32