69 The King Welcomes Sinners but Rejects the "Righteous"
Today we saw Jesus' apostolic call given to Matthew (Levi), a tax-collector. Matthew invited his friends to a feast with Jesus, friends who were outcasts as well. These Jesus accepted. Self-righteous Pharisees despised these sinners and challenged Rabbi Jesus' propriety for welcoming them. Jesus then rejected the rejecters with a rebuke that could make your blood turn cold.