Eating with Sinners.

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

I want to share with you the Scripture that inspired this post.

Matthew 9:9-13

As 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.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners”

The Son of GOD, ate with people who society looked down on. Can you imagine being there? Better yet, can you imagine what’s going through the Pharisees heads at the moment they glance over and see JESUS, chowing down on some grub with well known sinners and tax collectors? Pharisees are like, the top dog those days in the church. I can just see a Pharisee walking down the road, and it just so happens they glance in the window of Matthews house to see Jesus sitting there eating with him. One of two things has got to be running through their head. It’s either:
A) “Why can’t Jesus come eat with ME?? This Matthew chump isn’t nearly as high on the social ring as I am. What’s wrong with me?”
Yeah, you know what I’m getting at. Mr. Big-Bad-Pharisee throwing a classic temper tantrum because the Son of God isn’t eating with him. Or it’s this:
B) That Jesus must be TRIPPIN! Those people he be dining with be straight up sinners! What the crap is that? He ain’t even half right to be in that room! Oh he the Son of God? Why he be in they house eating witem!?
Alright, so maybe they wouldn’t talk exactly like that. But you see what I’m getting at? Straight up anger and hostility, even jealousy towards Jesus for dining with sinners. Is “Do not covet thy neighbor” ringing any bells? Ten Commandments!

To be honest, it really doesn’t matter what the Pharisees thought of Jesus. I just thought it would be a funny description of what they might have been thinking at that moment. These “sinners” Jesus ate with, deserved to be in the presence of God. They were the least righteous out of all the people around, and I’m sure they knew it. It’s people like that, who need the grace of God in their lives. Infact, what this is saying is, if you look at yourself and think you’ve got it all together on your own, you’re not going to be saved. It’s those of us who look at ourselves, knowing we are sinners, and knowing there’s nothing we can do about it on our own, those are the things that will save us. Not the self reliance that the Pharisees and “righteous” people had.

This display of grace and mercy in Matthew 9, is an incredible depiction of Gods grace. He sought out the lowest of the lowest people in society and spent time dining with them.


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