Missing the point. We all miss the point in various areas of life.
The Pharisees (and the teachers of the law) – Their goal was to know the Scriptures and to know God and His ways. These are the ones at odds with Jesus the most…they missed the point.
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:27-30 (NIV)
The question the Pharisees was asking: “If he is holy, why would he spend time with them?” …What happens to him when he hangs out with people like that? The Pharisees knew what lengths someone had to go to in order to be holy and be in relationship with God, so it was not inappropriate for them to ask these questions.
From the book of Leviticus they understood that there are thing clean and unclean in this world. When something unclean touches something clean, then it allbecomes unclean and it is a long process to correct.
If he is holy, why would he spend time with them? …but Jesus was about to do something new. Jesus was about to reverse the entire process.
Jesus came across and man with leprosy and this happens… Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. Luke 5:13 (NIV) Instead of Jesus becoming unclean for touching him, Jesus makes him clean by touching him. Now, when clean and unclean touch, it all becomes clean! This is the reason why you can encounter Jesus and your sins are forgiven and something new begins.
This is why we said last week: Sometimes we can narrow the gap by bringing Jesus to others. Because Jesus can change things and make the unclean clean. (Gal 2:20)
The Pharisees missed the point!
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 (NIV)
What is the difference between someone who shows up at church and never changes and someone who changes in amazing ways?
What is a prerequisite for hanging out with Jesus?
· You need to be sick.
· You need to be aware that you are sick.
This is difficult because we all want to be well and okay!
You can be sick and not know it. Sometimes we lack of Self-awareness
Others-awareness - Others don’t determine your identity; they simply help you see yourself more clearly.
If you want to find out who you are: Ask a question.
· What is it like to be married to me?
· What kind of employee am I?
· What kind of family member am I?
· What is it like when I don’t get my way?
· Am I a good listener?
· What is it like to disagree with me?
· When was a time or circumstance when you learned that you were missing the point and focusing on the wrong thing?
· Read Luke 5:27-32
· What was Levi’s profession? (v. 27)
· What actions did Levi take upon hearing Jesus’ invitation to follow Him? (v.28)
· How did the Pharisees and teachers of the law respond to Jesus attending the banquet? (v. 30)
· Phil mentioned that the Pharisees believed that if something clean came in contact with something unclean, then both became unclean. Have you experienced that thinking with other Christians or in a church?
· Read Luke 5:13
· Jesus turned the tables and showed that when clean comes in contact with unclean, both can become clean. Where have you seen this to be true in your life?
· When Jesus compared himself to a doctor (v. 31), what did he indicate was the prerequisite for coming to Him?
· Sometimes we are in need of Jesus help, but we lack the self-awareness to realize it. What are some ways we can grow in self-awareness? Consider “others-awareness”.
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?