This is our second study on this topic. Please click HERE for an into to this study.
We will begin our study for this post in Matthew 9:10-13.
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Pharisees apparently thought that a righteous person should not mingle with or be seen with sinners. That would ruin a person’s reputation. A righteous person, to them, should only be seen with the upper…
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There are practical applications of this truth. When I was young, as a boy and a young man, the example was church leaders willing to be seen in public visiting with lawyers. But now that I am much older, and America’s churches have become much corrupted, the example now is lawyers who are willing to be seen in public conversing with clergy.
Oh that very funny. When I was young the talk was about Christians going into bars to witness. But that posses a problem for some that might be tempted to start drinking.