Monday, February 20, 2006

know his voice - Matthew's calling

The Know His Voice Scripture readings for today are: Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32 and Mark 2:13-17. These texts deal with Jesus' calling of Matthew, a man surely once despised, having been a tax collector. Note how Mark and Luke know Matthew as "Levi."

The account in Matthew's Gospel concludes with encouragement to learn that God "desires mercy, not sacrifice" (vs.13). This statement will be repeated later in Matthew's Gospel in an entirely different context (12:1-8) that will be a part of our reading this coming Wednesday. Heartlight kindly published an article I wrote quite sometime back about this very statement. Here's a link to that article should you be interested.