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The Calling of Matthew February 24, 2018

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Matthew 9:9-13.

Summary: In this passage, Jesus calls a tax collector, Matthew, as His disciple; Matthew responds by:

  • obeying this calling
  • hosting a banquet for the most wretched residents of Capernaum.

When the Pharisees rebuke Jesus and His disciples for associating with these wretched people, He responds by:

  • rebuking them as wretched
  • asserting that this banquet fulfills a prophecy in Hosea 6:6.

Thoughts: Here, we see that Jesus extends an invitation to those who are aware of their sinfulness. Ryle offers some insights on this point:

Let us not dream that true Christians can ever attain such a state of perfection in this world as not to need the mediation and intercession of Jesus. Sinners we are in the day we first come to Christ. Poor needy sinners we continue to be so long as we live, drawing all the grace we have every hour out of Christ’s fullness. We shall find ourselves sinners at the hour of our death, and shall die as much indebted to Christ’s blood as on the day when we first believed.

These are encouraging words in light of the fact that we sin on a daily basis. I am regularly exasperated by my imperfections; in particular, I wish that certain sins would not plague me. It is encouraging that I am affected by my sinfulness, yet it would certainly be better if I were sinless. Somehow, though, God calls us to thrive in the midst of this tension; our sins highlight His saving grace, and we must continue to embrace that grace as frail, sinful people. We certainly need the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in this regard.

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His grace is sufficient for us all


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