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Jesus hung around sinners!

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How many times have we heard someone suggest that Jesus hung around sinners? Often people refer back to Luke 5 in order to establish and support their actions and circle of friends they keep. It is interesting who some see themselves as in Luke 5 as they see themselves as Jesus Christ.

 

Last week I spent some time in this passage while attempting to contrast and reconcile Luke 5 with Psalm 1. These two verses when contrasted with each other may even appear to demonstrate that Jesus contradicted Scripture.

 

Consider this, read,

 

Luke 5, "29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

 

And Matthew 9:10-12 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

 

Now I assume you do not see yourself as Jesus in that story but the sinners at His table. Imagine if Jesus quoted Psalm 1:1-2 and when He said the words "wicked, sinners, and scoffers" He pointed with each word to the Pharisees and Scribes. I can hear the tone of Jesus' voice when firing off verse Luke 5:32 and/or Matthew 9:12 now while in earshot of the Pharisees and Scribes.
 

Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

Who is the "blessed man" in Psalm 1:1? Is he not the man in Psalm 1:2 at the table with Jesus?

 

God bless,

William

 

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11 hours ago, William said:

How many times have we heard someone suggest that Jesus hung around sinners? Often people refer back to Luke 5 in order to establish and support their actions and circle of friends they keep. It is interesting who some see themselves as in Luke 5 as they see themselves as Jesus Christ.

 

Last week I spent some time in this passage while attempting to contrast and reconcile Luke 5 with Psalm 1. These two verses when contrasted with each other may even appear to demonstrate that Jesus contradicted Scripture.

 

Consider this, read,

 

Luke 5, "29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

 

And Matthew 9:10-12 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

 

Now I assume you do not see yourself as Jesus in that story but the sinners at His table. Imagine if Jesus quoted Psalm 1:1-2 and when He said the words "wicked, sinners, and scoffers" He pointed with each word to the Pharisees and Scribes. I can hear the tone of Jesus' voice when firing off verse Luke 5:32 and/or Matthew 9:12 now while in earshot of the Pharisees and Scribes.
 

Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

Who is the "blessed man" in Psalm 1:1? Is he not the man in Psalm 1:2 at the table with Jesus?

 

God bless,

William

 

Yes, so when we follow the direction of righteous counsel, with the intention of being godly, to maintain a position of faithfulness to our Saviour we are indeed blessed with a table prepared before us in the presence of our enemies. 

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