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Ministry of Jesus

Calling of Matthew

Scripture

Matthew 9:9-13
Mark 2:14-17
Luke 5:27-32

Similar Passages

Calling of the Disciples

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

Key Difference

Matthew refers to himself as Matthew in his gospel.  In Mark and Luke he is called Levi.  Nevertheless, this is the same person going by two different names.  The other details of the story are almost exactly the same.

Additional Commentary

Like Philip, it would appear that this is not the first time that Matthew has met Jesus.  There must have been more to their conversation than just Jesus' words of "Follow me."

Matthew holds a feast and invites other tax collectors and sinners to meet Jesus.  This is evangelism at its best as the people who need to hear Jesus' message are those who are sinners, not the religious who may have been the most interested in hearing a religious message.

When Jesus is criticized for spending time with sinners, Jesus' response is to the point.  The religious people who thought they were righteous didn't believe that they needed Jesus.  Instead He was going to spend His time with the people who recognized their need for Him.

 

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