Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:13-17; Luke 5:27-32; Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-39

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Eats With Sinners

Matthew 9:9-13 (KJV) 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.  10 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.  11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  12 But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  13 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 2:13-17 (KJV) 13 And He (Jesus) went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto Him, and He taught them.  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. 15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his (Levi’s) house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and His disciples: for there were many, and they followed Him.  16 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?  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 5:27-32 (KJV) 27 And after these things He (Jesus) went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and He said unto him, Follow Me.  28 And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.  29 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.  30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Religious Leaders Ask Jesus About Fasting

Matthew 9:14-17 (KJV) 14 Then came to Him (Jesus) the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but Thy disciples fast not?  15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.  16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.  17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

Mark 2:18-22 (KJV) 18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto Him (Jesus), Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Thy disciples fast not?  19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.  20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.  21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

Luke 5:33-39 (KJV) 33 And they said unto Him (Jesus), Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but Thine eat and drink?  34 And He said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?  35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.  36 And He spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.  37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.  38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.  39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

1. Who did Jesus call to follow Him (Matthew 9:0; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27)? Matthew also know as Levi.

2. With whom did Jesus and the disciples dine (Matthew 9:10; Mark 2:15; Luke 5:29)? With the publicans and sinners.

3. What did the Pharisees ask Jesus’ disciples (Matthew 9:11; Mark 2:16; Luke 5:30)? Why they were eating with the publicans and sinners.

4. What was Jesus’ answer (Mark 2:17: Luke 5:31)? 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

5. Who do you believe Jesus was referring to as the children of the bridegroom (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:9; Luke 5:34)? At this time, I believe it was His disciples.

6. So who then do you believe was the bridegroom (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:9; Luke 5:34)?  I believe it was Jesus.

7. What do you believe Jesus was trying to tell them when He mentioned “the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away” (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 5:35? I believe He was talking about His arrest and ultimate crucifixion.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 9:12-13 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick  13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  What do you believe the beginning of verse 13 means? I found some verses in my Bible that say God doesn’t want our gifts and sacrifices when we are giving them out of ritual or hypocrisy (and I’ll add duty).  God wants us first to love and obey Him. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Take time to look up and meditate on a few of the verses below.

(see I Samuel 15:22-23; Psalm 51:16-19; Jeremiah 7:21-23; Hosea 6:6; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 9:13.)  All we do needs to be done with an attitude of love for and obedience to God.  God doesn’t want ritual worship He wants our heartfelt devotion.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 5:31-32 31 And Jesus answering said unto them (the scribes and Pharisees), “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

EASY MEMORIZATION DIRECTIONS

1. Copy a verse you want to memorize on three individual index cards.

2. Choose three places you frequently go to each day and place one of the memory cards in view.

3. Each time you find yourself near one of the memory cards read it aloud.

4. After a week of reading the memory cards you will most likely be able to recall the verse/s without reading them.

5. Try it for a week and find out.

LOVE AND LIVE the WORD

The first step in following Jesus is acknowledging our need and admitting that we don’t have all the answers. But He does.  To love and live the Word we must fall in love with our Savior, Jesus.

TEACH AND SHARE the WORD

My Bible notes explain the old and new wineskin.  Wine was kept in goatskins sewn around the edges to form watertight bags.  New wine expanded as it fermented, stretching its wineskin.  After the wine had aged, the stretched skin would burst if new wine was poured into it.  Because as the new wine aged it would try to stretch the wineskin that couldn’t be stretched anymore. So new wine was always put into new wineskins.   Jesus didn’t come to patch up a religious system, His purpose was to bring in something new. We cannot receive the Lord into an old body either, we must be born again (I Peter 1:23).  We must take off the old body and put on the new (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).  And we need to encourage others to do the same.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray our loved ones will say yes to the call to follow You if they’ve not already (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14).  Lord, I pray we will show mercy to those around us (Matthew 9:12). Lord, I pray we will repent when we find we have sinned (Mark 2:17). Lord, I pray we will not talk about or judge others (Luke 5:30). Lord, I pray we will live our life for You.  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I live our life for the Lord.” <>< Dona