Bible: Matthew 9:9-17

The Call of Matthew; Eating with Sinners

9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. 1 Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 9:10 As 2  Jesus 3  was having a meal 4  in Matthew’s 5  house, many tax collectors 6  and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples. 9:11 When the Pharisees 7  saw this they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 8  9:12 When 9  Jesus heard this he said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 10  9:13 Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ 11  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Superiority of the New

9:14 Then John’s 12  disciples came to Jesus 13  and asked, “Why do we and the Pharisees 14  fast often, 15  but your disciples don’t fast? 9:15 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests 16  cannot mourn while the bridegroom 17  is with them, can they? But the days 18  are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 19  and then they will fast. 9:16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse. 9:17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 20  otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins 21  and both are preserved.”

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