Luke Reading (#14)
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Read Luke 5:27-39
[5:27] After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.”  And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.  And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.”  And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?  The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”  He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.  But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.  And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”
- Where was Levi (v. 27)? What did Jesus command him to do? How did Levi respond (v. 28)?
- Who came to Levi’s party (v. 29)? How did the Pharisees respond (v. 30)?
- What question did the Pharisees ask Jesus about the party (v. 30)? How did Jesus respond (v. 31-32)?
- What was the difference between the disciples of John, the Pharisees, and the disciples of Jesus (v. 33)? How does Jesus illustrate the reason for that difference (v. 34-35)?
- Look at the parable that Jesus tells v. 36-39.
- What things does no one do (v. 36-37)? Why don’t they do it?
- Where must new wine be stored (v. 38)?
- What does no one do after drinking old wine (v. 39)? Why not?
- Look at how Levi responds to Jesus.
- What must he have understood about Jesus that made him willing to leave everything to follow after him?
- Why did Levi have a party for his friends?
- Why were the Pharisees annoyed by Jesus’ choice of dinner companions?
- Who are the “well” and the “sick” in Jesus’ statement in v. 31? Who is the physician?
- What did Jesus come do (v. 32)? What is repentance?
- Is Jesus saying that some people are righteous and therefore don’t need to repent (v. 32)?
- Why were the Pharisees annoyed that Jesus’ disciples didn’t fast (v. 33)?
- What was the significance of fasting?
- Who is the bridegroom?
- Why wouldn’t you fast when the bridegroom was around?
- When would Jesus’ disciples need to fast?
- What is the point of the parable that Jesus tells in v. 36-39? What is the new thing and the old thing that are now incompatible?
- Have you been willing to leave everything in order to follow Jesus? Is there anything that you are clinging on to?
- Do you see yourself as “sick”? A sinner in need of repentance? How does v. 32 help Christians to
- Are we in a period of time where the bridegroom is with is? How should we act in light of v. 33-35?
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