29 Matthew is invited to follow Jesus.

Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:9–13; Mark 2:13–17; Luke 5:27–32

How often might Jesus have taught at the seashore (Mark 2:13)? Why?

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What could Matthew have known about Jesus before he was called (Mark 2:14)?

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How much do you think Matthew sacrificed by following Jesus (Luke 5:28)?

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What reasons might Matthew have had for throwing a party for Jesus and inviting deplorable guests (Luke 5:29)?

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How many guests do you think were present at Matthew’s house (Luke 5:29)? Why?

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Why might Pharisees and teachers of the Law have been at Matthew’s party (Luke 5:30)?

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What did Jesus say and do while at Matthew’s house (Luke 5:31–32)?

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How many of the twelve disciples might have been following Jesus at this time?

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Again, Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee and taught the large crowd that gathered around him at the shore.

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Mark 2:13 Again, Jesus went to the Sea of Galilee and taught the large crowd that gathered around him at the shore.
King James

Mark 2:13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

As he walked along, he saw the tax collector, Matthew, son of Alphaeus, also called Levi, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” Jesus said.

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Matthew 9:9 As he walked along, Jesus saw the tax collector, Matthew, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” he said, and Matthew got up and followed.
Mark 2:14 As he walked along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” he said, and Levi got up and followed.
Luke 5:27 As Jesus walked along, he saw the tax collector Matthew, also called Levi, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” he said.
King James

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
Luke 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

Matthew got up, left everything, and followed.

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Matthew 9:9 As he walked along, Jesus saw the tax collector, Matthew, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” he said, and Matthew got up and followed.
Mark 2:14 As he walked along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the place where people paid taxes. “Follow me,” he said, and Levi got up and followed.
Luke 5:28 Matthew got up, left everything, and followed.
King James

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
Luke 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

Later, Matthew had a big feast for Jesus at his house. Many tax collectors and other outcasts who had become followers were among the dinner guests who ate with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law saw Jesus eating with them, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such people?”

Eyewitness

Matthew 9:10–11 Later, Matthew had a big feast for Jesus at his house. Many tax collectors and other outcasts were among the dinner guests who ate with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw Jesus eating with them, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such people?”
Mark 2:15–16 Later, Matthew had a big feast for Jesus at his house. Many tax collectors and other outcasts who had become followers were among the dinner guests who ate with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law saw Jesus eating with them, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such people?”
Luke 5:29–30 Later, Matthew had a big feast for Jesus at his house. Many tax collectors and other outcasts were among the dinner guests who ate with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with such people?”
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Matthew 9:10–11 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
Mark 2:15–16 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
Luke 5:29–30 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

Jesus heard their questioning. “Healthy people do not need a doctor. The sick do. Go learn what the prophet meant when he said, I wanted you to show love, not make sacrifices—to know God, not give burnt offerings. I have not come to invite to repentance those who think they are righteous. I have come for those who know they are sinners.”

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Hosea 6:6 I wanted you to show love, not make sacrifices, to know God, not give burnt offerings.
Matthew 9:12–13 Jesus heard them their questioning. “Healthy people do not need a doctor. The sick do. Go learn what the prophet meant when he said, I wanted you to show love, not make sacrifices. I have not come to invite to repentance those who think they are righteous. I have come for those who know they are sinners.”
Mark 2:17 Jesus heard their questioning. “Healthy people do not need a doctor. The sick do. I have not come to invite to repentance those who think they are righteous. I have come for those who know they are sinners.”
Luke 5:31–32 “Healthy people do not need a doctor. The sick do. I have not come to invite to repentance those who think they are righteous. I have come for those who know they are sinners.”
King James

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Matthew 9:12–13 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 5:31–32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.