Mark 2:14-17 (NIV)
14 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.
15 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. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Phariseessaw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 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.”
- Discuss a time that you felt called to follow Jesus.
- Why might the other “sinners” have been more comfortable in Levi’s home than in some other location?
- Do you think any of the sinners would have been able to hear Jesus’ message if He had surrounded Himself with Pharisees?
- How can you help to create an environment that allows sinners to relax and hear the message that Jesus has for them?
- When Jesus ate with sinners, what do you think they learned about Him?
- How did learning about Jesus allow Levi to find freedom?
- Do you think the Pharisees learned anything? If so, what do you think they found freedom from. If not, why do you think they didn’t learn something?