An Open Invitation - Mark 2:13-17

Joe Focht  SAM996  11/20/2016

In this passage, Jesus comes across a tax collector named Levi, a man who despite his name had turned his back on religion. Levi, struck by the reality of the Savior, leaves all and begins to follow the Lord and quickly begins to share with his friends the new life he has found.

  1. And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.