It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. – Mark 2:17 (Mark 2:13-17)
Tha Sun went out ter tha lake. Like always a large crowd came ter him, and he began ter teach folks. Whilst walking about, he saw Levi, tha son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collector’s booth. Most likely this be a toll booth guarded by one or more Roman soldiers, fer back then tha route from Damascus through Capernaum ter tha sea and on down ter Egypt be a major and popular route. ‘Sides which, fer tax collectors such toll booths be lucrative. Why ya might say, toll tax collectors like Levi be gatekeepers.
“Follow me,” tha Sun told Levi. Right off Levi dropped his work, left his station, got up and followed tha Sun.
Some time later, while tha Sun be enjoying dinner at Levi’s home, many other tax collectors and sinners be eating with him and his disciples. Now when John Mark writes “sinners” he means evil folks: folks who ‘ave refused ter follow Skip’s Code of Conduct as interpreted by tha teachers of tha law. Adulterers and thieves and such be drinking and eating and no doubt plotting how ter do more wickedness. This be tha crowd tha Sun dining with.
When tha teachers of the law–who were Pharisees–seen tha Sun eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Now ya might think it odd they doth not ask tha Sun this question. Could be by this point they knowed him ter be smarter than them and they doth not wish ter get into a debate with a feller who knowed more’n them ’bout Skip’s Code.
On hearing such mumbling, tha Sun said ter them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Thar little trick not work: tha Sun drawed ’em in ter a discussion anyways.) “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Think on this a wee little bit:
If ya think yer self healthy and in no need of fixing, ya ‘ill miss out on dining with tha Sun.
If ya certain ya are righteous, ya ‘ill miss out on dining with tha Sun.
If ya kin not think of a single sin fer which ya needs ter confess and repent, ya ‘ill miss out on dining with tha Sun.
Goes out . . .
Walks about . . .
Sees folks as they truly be . . .
Invites such folks ter walk with him . . .
Ya know who else done this? Here be our clue:
A feller and his lass heard the sound of Skipper while he be walking in the Garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8) Skipper called ter tha feller, “Where are you?” Skipper found tha pair, shared time with tha pair, made garments of skin fer tha naked pair. Skipper clothed them two sinners.
Skipper done this from tha start. Tha Sun doth this ter tha very end of time.
If ya knowed ya ter be sick, naked, broken in some ways — a lying, thieving, reprobate — look about ter see whar tha Sun be enjoying a meal. Then find yer way ter tha table and sit as close ter him as ya dare.