For the One Apostle Matthew by Crossing Barriers Ministry

We are over halfway through this series.  Are you ready to share the gospel yet? Need more encouragement, stay with us and let’s see.

Matthew 9:9-13 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, they that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We continue our series titled “For the One” based on the book by Dr. Danny Forshee with the same title.  We have been studying characters of the bible and how they were equipped to evangelized.  Hopefully we can take these ideas and utilize them today as we follow the direction of the Great Commission.

We started with Jesus being the teacher, preacher, and molder of man.  We looked at John the Baptist, the Paralytic, and the Samaritan Woman. We examined the Apostle Peter, the Apostle John, Apostle Phillip  and last week we studied the Apostle Nathaniel.

This book of the bible is attributed to Matthew who is referred to as Levi in other gospels.  With this comes the famous words or variation of “Follow me”.

Mark 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

Matthew’s name can mean “Gift from God” or it could mean “Faithful”.  Matthew never refers to himself as Levi but strong evidence points to him changing his name from Levi to Matthew.

We know three things about Matthew:

  1. He was a Hebrew
  2. He was a publican or tax collector
  3. He was profoundly religious

Jesus meets Matthew in Capernaum, a city on the NW section of the Sea of Galilee. This was the area that Jesus used as the base of His Ministry Operations.

Levi or Matthew gets up and immediately follows him.  The book of Luke mentions that Levi left everything.

Luke 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

It is believed that Matthew held a feast on Jesus’ behalf.  It is also possible that many of the guests were Matthew’s friends and fellow tax collectors.

Enter the Pharisees.  They are accusing the disciples of wrongdoing because they were mingling and enjoying a meal with sinners.  Jesus responded to them using the analogy that those not sick don’t need a doctor but those that are sick needs a doctor.

Jesus tells them to go and learn what this means. It was a common practice to direct followers to a particular passage in the bible.  Jesus treats these doubters as beginners because they failed to properly understand what He was trying to tell them.

The last verse says “Mercy & sacrifice” is referring to which critiques Israel for focusing on the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit. God desires His people’s faithfulness and steadfast love more than their ritual observances.

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Finally, “The righteousness”.  According to Jesus, righteousness involves showing mercy towards outcasts.

Just in our little own world we can show mercy to others. Liquid Church out of NY gave us five simple ways:

  • Show patience with pet peeves.

I have friends that have OCD, and it gets me sometimes

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

  • Always offer help to anyone hurting around you

The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

  • Do good to those that hurt you, no revenge

Leave revenge out of the playbook

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

  • Be kind to those that Offend you
  • Build bridges to the overlooked

In Conclusion:

  • Gospel needs to reach the sinners as well as the believers
  • Gospel needs to reach the lost
  • Our main mission is to share the gospel with the lost
  • Stay humble and hungry for God
  • Focus on the one and continue calling on people to give their lives to Christ

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