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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-29-2003

The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
112: Levi's Feast: Mt. 9:9-13; Mk. 2:14-17; Lu.5:29-32
Mk.2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
We covered the call of former publican (tax collector) Levi (Matthew) in par. 71. It appears that some time had passed after since his call and Matthew hosted a dinner with Jesus and His disciples. Many other publicans and sinners who were following Jesus in his travels were also present. The phrase publicans and sinners is a catch-all that describes all of the undesirables of the day, i.e. tax collectors, thieves, prostitutes, and anyone else who did not meet the standards of the ruling religious class.
These were Matthew's friends and he did not disassociate from them because of his conversion. He invited them to his house to allow them to have fellowship with the Master. Needless to say, the ever present Scribes and Pharisees were watching and used to occasion to criticize Jesus for His choice of dinner partners. Jesus simply stated that the people who were well didn't need a doctor, but rather the people who are sick.
Conclusion and Application:
Jesus never compromised Himself by eating with sinners and neither will we. We can share with old friends the things that Jesus has done for us, where He brought us from and where we are going. We must not forget where we were when Jesus found us and where we would be if we ever let go of Him. We are all sinners who have been washed in His blood and sanctified by His Spirit (I Corinthians 6:11). People can see that we are not what we once were. Many of them are waiting for a friendly word from us and would really like to know what accounted for our change.
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A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says,  "Take the Big pill with a big glass of water when you get up.  Take the little pink pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers,  "Wow, doc, exactly what's my problem?"
Doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."
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