And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 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.”
23 One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”
God is orderly.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints
The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?"
Jesus is not the radical the children of the 1970s pinned their ideas upon. But He put HIS hands out and welcomed the faithful. Like the little children.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body"
This passage spoke to us of fasting - this is about not having food, obviously. But we have forgotten Jesus was not about immediate gratification. My son Alexander told us he was so sad to see the Wailing Wall wasn't as huge as American Sky Scrapers. The Temple is still an amazing site. And for those of us not as privileged, we still know Jesus told us, in Him we move, dwell and have our being.
This is where Jesus is at home. And the people seeing Jesus encountered a great light. Dropping everything to follow Him. Jesus was known to filled with light. Gathering people to Him, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He was preaching the word to them. Jesus was very impressed with the Centurion, but look at Jesus seeing such faith, healing and forgiveness occurred.
Jesus is the Bread of Life. Present in need and want. Giving to those who are with Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I love those who love me,
and those who search for me find me.
But from there, you will search for the Lord your God, and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul.