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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Levi, deute mou! Luke 5:27-32
Keyword: The Chronological order of the life of Our Christ
Jesus has called some, but not all of His disciples, so today we will look at His calling of Matthew. I am going to use the account recorded by Dr. Luke. The other Gospel accounts are Matthew 9:9-13 and Mark 2:13-17. I have chosen Luke since Luke has the most detail. We are going to spend some time looking at the word righteous.
27 And after these things He went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow Me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
29 And Levi made Him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, "Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:27-32 ACP/KJV
There is so much to study in these six verses that one could write a book on them alone, but today we are going to focus on two things: the fact that a very rich, politically well connected, tax collector followed immediately when Jesus said Levi, deute mou! and the word "righteous".
Let us start with "Levi, deute mou!" It is important for you to understand that Matthew, was a tax collector. Being a tax collector was not something just anyone could get. It is a lot like being appointed to political office today. One is not appointed based upon how good a job you'll do or any qualifications most would think important, but instead by who you know politically. Well, Matthew was, simply by the fact that he was a tax collector, a man who was well connected politically, a man who was very rich, a man who had a lot to lose by closing up shop and following an itinerant preacher. But he did. This tells us a lot. It tells us that even though Jesus has not been preaching even a half year at this point, He is very well known and that while the religious big wigs were not convinced that Jesus was special, the people were.
Not only was Matthew willing to give up all, he wanted to make a feast over his being called by God, which brings us to my last point, the word righteous. They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
At this great feast that Matthew made for the Lord, there were many rich and powerful friends of Matthew, and there were also the ever present antagonists, the scribes and Pharisees. These men, like many today, are unwilling to learn. They are those who read through or glanced through the Bible once or twice and have declared themselves to be experts, experts in their own minds. They allow satan to focus them on one or two points and build an entire theology around it. Two examples are the Mormons and the Jehovah Witnesses, among others. It was men such as that, that said to Jesus' disciples "Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" Jesus said to them, "They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." In that response many think that Jesus was saying that the Pharisees, the Scribes, the religious high mucky mucks were indeed righteous and did not need Him to get into heaven. Those that say that are wrong. And those Pharisees and Scribes that Jesus said that to knew it also.
Let us go back to where these Scribes and Pharisees got their information, what they thought they were absolute 100% experts on, what we call the Old Testament, but that which on the times that Jesus preached on earth were simply called "Scriptures," The Law, and the Prophets.
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against Me. Hosea 6:6&7 ACP/KJV
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good.
And what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:6-8 ACP/KJV
Now why am I bringing that up? Why am I showing that when Jesus said "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance" that Jesus was not complimenting the Jews, but insulting them? To answer that we need to go to the account of Matthew himself. For while Luke 's account is excellent, Matthew, as the eye witness, the one who was in a position to see and hear all, the one that, at this party, sat directly beside Jesus, the one who hung on every word spoken by his Holy Guest and those that addressed Him. For it is in the account that we see Jesus making it clear that in calling the Scribes and Pharisees "righteous" God was not complimenting them, but insulting them. Pay particular attention to verse 13a.
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, He saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He saith unto him, Follow Me. And he arose, and followed Him. 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" 12 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I WILL HAVE MERCY, AND NOT SACRIFICE (see Hosea 6:6): for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:9-13 ACP/KJV
The Greek word dikaios, pronounced dik'-ah-yos is the word translated righteous. And it is a good and accurate translation, but when taken in context, Jesus is using it in not a complimentary way, but instead a sarcastic way. Jesus is saying I have not come to call the self righteous, the legends in their own minds, those who are so head strong, so stiff necked, so wrong minded and hearted, to repentance, No I have come to call the soft hearted, those looking for the truth to repentance and salvation.
Which group do you fall into? It is easy enough to know, just use the same criteria as Jesus does. Are you pig headed and set in your ways or do you continually read God's word looking to increase your knowledge of Christ and your love of Him?
Later in this series we will see a rich man who when Jesus says to him, sell all you have, give to the poor, and follow Me, goes away dejected and rejected because he was rich and didn't want to give it up. When we get to that, remember Matthew. Who when Jesus said to him "Levi, deute mou!". Have you given up anything for Jesus? Anything of value?
Sometime in the not too distant future I want to talk to you men in the Militias, about Luke 20:25 and Matthew 24:24.
Lord, make my faith as that which I perceive the Samaritans to have had. Amen.
As you ponder today's Scripture, ponder also your own relationship with Christ. Are you a Samaritan or are you a Galilean?
Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart attuned to Your word.
Men, let us strive to be men who follow Christ, and pray our wives will, as Peter's and Abraham's wives did, simply follow.
Nai erchomai kurios Iesous.
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