Calling of sinners!

Scripture reading for February 9th:  Leviticus 12-15, Mark 2

Key Scriptures: Mark 2:15-17  “And as He reclined at table in His house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many who followed Him.  And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that He was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to His disciples, “Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” 

Jesus chose to invite sinners to have fellowship with Him.  He ate with them and even invited Matthew, a despised tax collector, to follow Him.  The religious leaders questioned how Jesus could be willing to be with ‘sinners and tax collectors’ and Jesus spoke plainly to them.  He had come to minister to those who were in need of healing, not those who did not need it.  God taught His people in the Old Testament to minister to the unclean, lepers, and bring restoration.

Leviticus 14:1-3  “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This is the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing.  He shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall look.  Then, if the case of the leprous disease is healed in the leprous person, the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds. . . “

Prayer:  Holy Father, thank You for caring for the sinner and the hurting.  May your compassion fill my heart today to bring healing, encouragement and hope.  Amen.

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