June 2, 2018

Dinner with Sinners

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’”  – Matthew 9:10,11 The most important word in the passage above is dinner. In Jesus’ day, to eat with someone was to call them family; to call them equal. If people weren’t in the same class, they would typically dine in different spaces. Rabbis would never eat with someone who wasn’t a rabbi or with anyone who wasn’t very, very spiritual. Then you have Jesus, who is eating with prostitutes, tax collectors and others who are outside of the Kingdom of God. I believe that this is why it’s more than just a nod to the crucifixion when Jesus says at the last supper to “do this in remembrance of

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