Jesus eats with sinners at Levi’s (Matthew) house ~ Luke 5:27-32

We continue our study of the Gospel of Luke. In chapter 5 he writes of when Jesus first saw Levi, known to us as ‘Matthew.’ Of note, Levi, the future diciple’s given Hebrew name, was likely translated to the Greek “Matthew” by the Greek / Latin speaking Romans that employed him before Jesus came calling. The Word says:

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow Me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed Him.

Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to His Disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:27-32)

Levi responded as Jesus would likely want all His followers to do – he followed Jesus immediately and called his friends together to meet Him too. Levi/Matthew left behind a material fortune in order to gain a spiritual fortune, and was proud to be associated with Jesus.

In breaking bread with Matthew and his friends, Jesus hurt His own reputation among the religious elites. But reaching out to the lost and outcast was much more important. Matthew became a bridge for Jesus’ message to Matthew’s associates as can we.

Following Jesus’ example, we should not be afraid or timid about reaching out to people whose choices may be causing them misery and separation from God. If we see a need in our fellow humans, we must pray about it, and ask the Lord to prepare the right circumstances and message to convey. Many times they simply are not aware of the cause and effect of what they are doing, so approaching them may come as a surprise. Just speak to them with the same kindness, love, and sincere concern Jesus would have. Let Spirit lead you… and leave the results to Him.

Always remember this great truth. God’s message of Love can, and does, change people – and perhaps their friends as well. ๐Ÿ™

We continue to pray for all of our Brothers and Sisters in the Israel-Palestine, Ukraine-Russia wars. We pray for resolution. ๐Ÿ™

May the Lord be with all of them, and each of us, as we continue our daily walk with Him. Let us be thankful and grateful for His wonderful Love.โค๏ธ

Poppa B.