Matthews Call and Feast
Interwoven Gospels

Now after these things, Jesus went forth again by the sea, and all the multitude came to Him and He taught them. And passing by, He saw a tax-collector named Levi, later called Matthew, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax-office. And He called to him, "Follow Me." And forsaking all, Levi arose and followed Him. And Levi made Him a great banquet in his house. And it came to pass, as He reclined at table in the house, behold, a great crowd of tax-collectors and sinners came and reclined at table with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many, and they followed Him. And the Pharisees and their scribes, seeing Him eating with tax-collectors and sinners, murmured against His disciples, saying to them, "Why do ye and your Teacher eat and drink with the tax-collectors and sinners?" And Jesus, hearing it, answered and said to them, "They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. But go, learn what this meaneth, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice'; for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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