Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
Previous to Jesus’ healing of the paralytic, we saw how the miracle of healing the Leper was a game changer in Jesus’ life, specifically in regards to His claim to be the promised Messiah sent by God. In today's passage, we see the contrast between Levi's response to Jesus' call to 'Follow Him' and how the religious leaders viewed Jesus. Each of us is called to repent, but not all of us see the need to do so. We can learn from Levi's example of how we should respond to Jesus' call to repentance.