After these things Jesus went out from there. As he passed by, he saw a man named Levi, called Matthew (the son of Alphaeus), sitting at the tax collection office. He said to him, “Follow me!”
He got up, left everything, and rose up and followed him.
Levi made a great feast for him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were with them. As Jesus sat reclining at the table in the house, behold, tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples (for there were many); and they followed him.
When the scribes and the Pharisees saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they murmured against and said to his disciples, “Why is it that your teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it he answered them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do. But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Then John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, and they came to him and asked him, saying, “Why do we (John’s disciples) and disciples of the Pharisees fast and pray often, but your disciples don’t fast …yours eat and drink?”
Jesus said to them, “Can you make the groomsmen fast and mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast, in those days.
He also told a parable to them.
- No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old garment; or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made.
- No one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and the wine be spilled, and the skins ruined.
No man having drunk old wine immediately desires new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ No, new wine must be put into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved.”
Source Text Prioritization:
- Matthew 9:9-17
- Mark 2:14-22
- Luke 5:27-39