Sunday School Lesson 518 Jesus Chooses and Calls Matthew the Disciple

Lesson: 518 Lesson Name: Choice and Call of Matthew
Theme: Christ the Lord / Grace: God's Undeserved Favor

Reading: Mark 2:13-17 Matt. 9:9-13 Luke 5:27-32

Memory Verse: Luke 5:32
Memory Verse Text: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Point 1: Matthew was a despised Tax Collector but I like the way the King saw him in Mt9:9 "He saw a man!" Thank God for the way He sees us. The man was in a place of authority and he was busy & successful. Matthew recognizes and bows to One with Higher Authority than all others and when He called him he left it all to follow Him.
Point 2: The man who has felt the eyes of the One who knew everything about him, now shows his appreciation and makes Him a feast! Note - he did what he could. Perhaps (since we have no recorded word that he spoke) he was not a man to speak but that did not stop him from doing something for His Lord.  To the feast he invites his friends and business acquaintances that they might meet the Lord. Into this scene of fellowship and joy, comes the voices of the critics.
Point 3: Jesus knew what the Pharisees and Scribes were saying. He also knew the hearts that they were speaking from. He speaks a Word that ought to have reached them. They thought they were alright and needed nothing. They would receive nothing.
Point 4: He tells us that He came to call the sinners to repentance. Repentance is a change of mind, which involves a choice and change of direction.

See Also: Matthew, the Publican

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