Daily Bible Podcast Day 054 – Numbers 12-13, Psalm 90, Mark 2

December 24, 2012 in Podcasts by Nathan


“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” ~Mark 2:16-17

Whenever I see Jesus use the word, I wonder if Jesus is saying “righteous” sarcastically. It is pretty clear throughout the Gospels that Jesus has little respect for the “righteousness” of the Pharisees. In other spots Jesus makes it clear that the “righteousness” of the Pharisees isn’t righteous at all.

One of the temptations of the Christian life is in passing judgment on those “less righteous” than me. The Pharisees were all about this and I need to not be like them. Also, the fact that Jesus has called me is good news. While it means I’m “sick” it also means that Jesus has redemption for me.

Father, thank You that even though I am sick in your eyes, You still sent Jesus to call and redeem me. Please hold me back from judgment against those less righteous than I am and encourage me through the Holy Spirit to make Your call known to them as well.

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