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Levi throws a party!. Luke 5:27-30  27 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, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

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Levi throws a party

Levi throws a party!

  • Luke 5:27-30 

  • 27After 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,

  • 28and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

  • 29Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

  • 30But 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'?"


Story 3 times told

Story 3 times told

  • Luke 5

  • 27After 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, 28and Levi got up, left everything and followed

  • him.

  • Mark 2

  • 14As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting

  • at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him,

  • and Levi got up and followed him.


Levi throws a party

  • Matthew 9 

  • 9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named

  • Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he

  • told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

  • A man named: “Matthew” (Maththaionlegomenon)  

  • Matthew: “Gift of the Lord” alias of Levi

  • 5 times in the Bible (Math 9:9, 4 times as apostle)


Gospel of matthew specifically to the jews

Gospel of Matthew specifically to the Jews:

  • 9 times Jesus is referred to as the “Son of David”

  • 50 times and more the word “Kingdom” is mentioned

  • 33 times specifically “Kingdom of heaven” and only in Matthew

  • The gospel of Matthew carries the proclamation:

  • “Jesus is the Messiah, the promised Kingdom has come!”


Characteristics of tax collectors

Characteristics of tax collectors:

  • They were rich

  • Zaccheus Luke 19.

  • …he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.

  • They were despised

  • When the Pharisees saw this they asked his disciples:

  • “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and

  • sinners?”


The party

The party

  • Matthew 9:10 

  • While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house,

  • many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him

  • and his disciples.

  • Luke 5:29

  • Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his

  • house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and

  • others were eating with them.


The guests

The guests

  • Luke: A “great” banquet for Jesus!

  • The invited: tax collectors and “sinners”

  • …nice to meet you, sinner is my (middle) name…

  • The host:

  • “ Hey guys and girls… May I introduce to you Jesus, you know…the one who “talked” to me…?

  • Well meet the King of David, Messiah!

  • And he is glad to talk to you also!”


People to avoid

People to avoid:

  • The “not done” things:

  • The Jews did not meet with:

  • Those with infectious diseases: Lepers

  • Those who are not pure Jews (Samaritans)

  • Publicans, tax collectors and “sinners” of all sorts.

  • Who are you avoiding to meet?


What do i learn from this story

What do I learn from this story?

  • With Jesus there is no partiality

  • Colossians 3:11 

  • Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or

  • uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but

  • Christ is all, and is in all.

  • When I want to follow Jesus, I must be radical

  • “Follow me” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed

  • Him.


What do i learn from the place where matthew puts the story of his calling

What do I learn from the “place” where Matthew puts the story of his calling?

  • Big question: What made this man move?

  • The Sermon on the mount, the beatitudes,

  • the new order in the Kingdom of Heaven, illustrated by a

  • whole series of miracles. (scattered and incomplete or

  • shortened in the other gospels)

  • The sermon of the mount contains 109 verses. A little more

  • than half of these verses are peculiar Matthew's Gospel.


Levi throws a party

  • This is more that just recording what happened:

  • It is a careful argumentation why Matthew stood up and

  • followed Jesus. (he wrote it down years after it happened)

  • Luke 19

  • 5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to

  • him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at

  • your house today."

  • 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

  • What makes you move?


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