Scripture: Mark 2:13-17 (NIV)
Mark 2:13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.
Mark 2:15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Were you ever told you weren't a Christian by who you hung out with?
Going for the jugular...Levi the tax collector...
Mark so far:
How are all of the outcasts responding? The "teachers of the law?"
What Table Fellowship said in the 1st century...
Exclusion vs. Embrace
"It's not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick."
Who are the sick?
How did the Pharisees decide how to be a part of the Kingdom? Jesus?
How did the Pharisees organize their community practices?
Who are sinners? (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8)
Whose table do you show up at?
Jesus goes to their table, on their terms...
Mark's question for the church...
Why don't we treat others the same way God treats us?
“Christ's indwelling presence has freed us from exclusive orientation toward ourselves and opened us up in two directions: toward God, to receive the good things in faith, and toward our neighbor, to pass them on in love.”
-Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge