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Taking It To The Streets
Many of us have made a commitment to follow Jesus and to model our lives after the life He led but did that mean eating with sinners too? This being the case, how do we deal with the fact that Jesus both ate with sinners and drank with sinners? He hung out with people who were less than reputable. Take a look at Mark 2:13-17 and you will see that what Jesus was modeling there is not what is normally taught from our pulpits today. In fact most Bible believing Christians would react more like the scribes and Pharisees than they would react like Jesus.
JESUS CALLS LEVI
13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.
15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum? ” 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”