Mark 2:13–17 (ESV) — 13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
- A melodic line of the Mark 2:13-17: People who live sinfully and not religiously are loved by God and called to follow Christ.
- Theme of Mark 2:1-3:6: Rising political and religious opposition toward Jesus.
- Supporting Themes: 2:7: Blasphemy = Making Himself equal with God, 2:16: Eating with sinners, 2:18: Failure to keep rules, 2:24: Breaking the Sabbath 3:6: Themes of political and religious opposition coming together in Marks narrative.
1. If you are seeing and hearing about Jesus don’t worry about who you are now (compared to others). Follow Him.
2. If Christianity has turned into club or tradition of purity to you… you have lost the heart of God.
3. We are called to follow Christ in discipleship not follow Christ in our minds. (Head-Heart-Hands)
Some questions to discuss with each other…
Q: In what way do you see Jesus’ handling of Levi showing us the grace of God?
Q: How does Jesus turn the definition of “righteous” and “sinners” around in Mark 2:17? “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”?”