Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Table Fellowship and Discipleship

Mark 2:14-17:  14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Part of my devotions for today.  First, notice the word "rose" in verse 14.  I know many would disagree with this, but it is hard for me to think the word "rose" has no symbolic value.  The Gospel writers and Jesus chose their words carefully, and the fact is, we must rise from spiritual death if we are to follow Jesus.  No one can follow Jesus apart from a new birth that results from the hearing of his gospel word.

Second, notice the close connection between following Jesus and table fellowship with Jesus, particularly in verses 14 and 15.  Table fellowship with Jesus includes teaching and a meal.  Word and Supper are intimately tied to discipleship and walking with Jesus all of our lives.

Third, notice that the healing of sinners takes place through listening and eating (table fellowship), which was the exact way we became sick when we listened to the devil and ate of the one tree that was forbidden.  Now we are healed by listening to Jesus' words and partaking of his tree, the cross, partaking of his body and blood by faith.

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