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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.
slide3

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.
slide11

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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