into the text MARK 2

Posted by occwebsite
14th Jan 2022

Here are some ways into the text for 16 January 2020


Mark 2:13-17 NIV

Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


There are a couple of things to think through here

  • calling
    who does the calling?
    who is called?
    where does the calling take place?
  • hospitality
    who hosts the party?
    who is invited to the party?
    who does Jesus identify with?


The Calling of Matthew (Levi) attributed to Jan Sanders van Hemessen c.1524