The Call of Matthew.

In Matthew 9:9-13, Jesus called Matthew and said come follow Me. Jesus had looked upon Israel and saw a flock of sheep without a shepherd. He said, I came to seek and to save that which was lost. Matthew followed Jesus. He invited Jesus to supper. When Jesus went, Matthew had gathered his friends, which were publicans and prostitutes, sinners. The scribes and pharisees fused at the disciples that Jesus had entered the house of sinners. Jesus said, the whole don’t need a physician, but those that are sick. And He said, I will have mercy instead of sacrifice. Because with God, mercy triumphs over judgement. As we walk on this earth, God wants us to be merciful. Jesus said, if a person strikes you on your cheek, turn and let him strike the other. Christians have struggled with this not wanting people to take advantage of us. But God wants his mercy seen by others to know that God loves us. And there is hope for a better life. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (Rom.9:15).

Crain Blanchard.

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