5.11 Called Matthew to Follow

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Feb 24 5.11 He went again to the seaside, where great crowds gathered around him and he taught them. Departing, Jesus saw Matthew Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collectors booth. Jesus told him, “Follow me!” He rose, left all and followed1 Jesus. Later, Matthew hosted a great dinner for Jesus and his disciples, where many tax collectors and sinners sat and ate. The Pharisees and scribes asked the disciples, “Why does your master and you eat with tax men and sinners?”2

Jesus overheard them and replied, “Its not the healthy, but the sick, who need doctors. Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy3 and not sacrifice. I didnt come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”