Bible: Luke 5:27-35

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

5:27 After 1  this, Jesus 2  went out and saw a tax collector 3  named Levi 4  sitting at the tax booth. 5 Follow me,” 6  he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 7  behind. 8 

5:29 Then 9  Levi gave a great banquet 10  in his house for Jesus, 11  and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 12  at the table with them. 5:30 But 13  the Pharisees 14  and their experts in the law 15  complained 16  to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 17  5:31 Jesus 18  answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 19  5:32 I have not come 20  to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 21 

The Superiority of the New

5:33 Then 22  they said to him, “John’s 23  disciples frequently fast 24  and pray, 25  and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 26  but yours continue to eat and drink.” 27  5:34 So 28  Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 29  fast while the bridegroom 30  is with them, can you? 31  5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 32  at that time 33  they will fast.”

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