Tuesday, January 24, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Gen. 30; Job 40-41; Matt. 16:13 to 17:13

And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house. Mk 2:15

Jesus spent a lot of time in homes. There He received hospitality and was able to teach the people in a reasonably private setting. In Mark 2 we read of Levi (Matthew), the tax collector, who invited Jesus into his home for dinner and to meet his invited guests. It could be described as a Thanksgiving Dinner, for Matthew had just responded to the Lord’s call to follow Him. It was also a Farewell Dinner as Levi left an old way of life focused on money, for a new life focused on ministry. It can also be seen as an Invitation Dinner, as Levi introduced people to the Saviour. Today our homes can be used similarly, for the Gospel and to bring blessing to others. —Paul Young

Will Jesus deign with me to dine?
Lord, I, with all I have am Thine!
                                 —John Newton

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