Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mark 2:13-17, Tax Collectors and Sinners

Levi. Or maybe Matthew. Whatever.

Jesus went out again beside the sea. That guy had a thing for the sea. So, as usual, the whole crowd gathered around him. So he taught them. Probably Creation Science.

As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth. Jesus said to Levi, "Follow me." Being kind of a drifter, Levi said to himself, "What the hell, why not?" And he got up and followed Jesus. When Alphaeus heard that Levi just quit his job, he was not surprised. "That stupid Levi," he thought, "He'll never amount to anything."

As Jesus sat at dinner in Levi's (dad's) house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples. You see, there were many who followed him. They didn't all just walk out on their job like Levi, either. Most of them kept on tax collecting and sinning.

When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

Jesus's disciples had no idea what in the world had been going on, so they told Jesus what the scribes said. He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a doctor. Those who are sick do. I have come to call not the righteous. I've come to call sinners. Oh, and tax collectors, too. And fishermen, I guess, if you think about it."

This really just confused the disciples further, for until then they thought the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees were as evil as any common tax collector. Or sinner. Oh well. They had much to learn.

Anyway, Levi was never heard from again.a "Surprise, surprise," thought Alphaeus.

a. Except maybe in Matthew. That guy keeps stealing my stuff. Yeah, sure, like changing the name Levi to Matthew is going to cover up his plagiari-sin.