Matthew Lesson 10 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 10 Day 3

Matthew 9:9-17

6a) Matthew writes about the day Jesus said “follow me.”

In Mark 2:14 and Luke 5:27 the writers called him Levi. Matthew means “Gift of God.” One commentary suggests Matthew preferred this name over Levi.

When Jesus passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to hi, “Follow Me.” When Jesus called Matthew (Levi in Mark and Luke), he…

  • got up, leaving his career behind. “He left his tax collector’s table; but took from it one thing – his pen…this man, whose trade had taught him to use a pen, used that skill to compose the first handbook of the teaching of Jesus.” (Barclay)1
  • followed Him.
  • held a large banquet for Jesus at his home.
  • invited a large number of tax collectors as well as others.

Other evidence a person has responded to Jesus’ call

Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27

  • denies himself; loses sight of himself and his own interests (AMP)
  • takes up his cross daily; conforms wholly to His example in living and, if need be, in dying also (AMP)
  • follows Him
  • perseveres (AMP)

Romans 6:2, 18

  • dead to sin
  • set free from sin
  • servant of righteousness

1 Thessalonians 1:9

  • turned away from idols
  • now serve a living and true God

1 John 1:8-10

  • They (we) [freely] admit that we have sinned. (AMP)
  • confess our sins

b. Matthew, Mark, and Luke follow a similar sequence of events.

The question seems to assume that Jesus didn’t call him right after the healing the paralyzed man. But Mark also follows the same sequence. In Luke’s account, he lists four fishermen called as disciples one chapter before Jesus healed the leper and the paralyzed man.

The excitement surrounding miracles certainly didn’t hurt Jesus’ recruiting efforts, but he knew their hearts and called the ones chosen by his heavenly Father. (John 5:19)

7a)  The Pharisees’ question

When the Pharisees saw many tax collectors and sinners reclining at the table with Jesus and his disciples, they asked “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

They asked because this because they

  • looked down on sinners,
  • considered themselves righteous and in need of nothing.
  • They were oblivious (blind) to their own need for cleansing.

Jesus had compassion on those who were willing to admit their need for forgiveness, freedom, and healing.

b)  Jesus is the son of God.

He quoted this verse, “For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices,
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 CJB)

Jesus rebuked these teachers saying they did not know God and they needed to “learn the meaning of their own Scriptures.”1

Then he says he didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.

c) Jesus defied social customs that disregarded God’s law.

“Make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:14-19

Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.” “1 Peter 3:13-17”

8a) John the Baptist’s disciples ask Jesus a question.

“Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus’ answer probably made no sense to them.

b) Isaiah 43:18-19

The disciples and followers are the guests of the bridegroom. 
The Old Covenant—the law with all its rules and regulations, was the old wine-skin. The New Covenant is the new wine-skin. Grace can’t be sewn onto the law. Jesus fulfilled all the law and the prophets.
We can’t go back to the law and hope to be justified by it. Jesus is the new and living way.

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7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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