Hanging Out With Sinners

“Here is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
Matthew 11:1 (NIV)

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One of the worst slurs you could place on a person’s character and reputation in Jesus’ day was to call him/her a friend of tax collectors. This is exactly the reputation Jesus earned from certain of His people when He walked among us. He hung out with the wrong crowd for certain people who felt themselves very just and good in God’s sight because they avoided those who knew they were sinners. They would not dream of having conversation with people who had messed up morally and ethically. They saw themselves as the pure and righteous and kept to themselves.

Jesus addressed the issue of His social contacts very directly when He said that when John the Baptist performed his ministry he did not party or drink with anyone, he simply showed up in time to preach and the critics took issue with him. Then Jesus said that He came to the parties and drank with the people and they still found fault. In other words no social behaviour pleased His critics.

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Hanging Out With Sinners

“Here is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
Matthew 11:1 (NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional

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One of the worst slurs you could place on a person’s character and reputation in Jesus’ day was to call him/her a friend of tax collectors. This is exactly the reputation Jesus earned from certain of His people when He walked among us. He hung out with the wrong crowd for certain people who felt themselves very just and good in God’s sight because they avoided those who knew they were sinners. They would not dream of having conversation with people who had messed up morally and ethically. They saw themselves as the pure and righteous and kept to themselves.

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Hanging out with sinners

“Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Matt. 11:1(NIV)

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Hanging out with Jesus
Jesus is especially seen with people who are social misfits in the Gospel of Luke

One of the worst slurs you could place on a person’s character and reputation in Jesus’ day was to call him/her a friend of tax collectors. This is exactly the reputation Jesus earned from certain of His people when He walked among us. He hung out with the wrong crowd for certain people who felt themselves very just and good in God’s sight because they avoided those who knew they were sinners. They would not dream of having conversation with people who had messed up morally and ethically. They saw themselves as the pure and righteous and kept to themselves.

Jesus addressed the issue of His social contacts very directly when He said that when John the Baptist performed his ministry he did not party or drink with anyone, he simply showed up in time to preach and the critics took issue with him. Then Jesus said that He came to the parties and drank with the people and they still found fault. In other words no social behaviour pleased His critics.

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The God Who Comforts

“The Father of compassion [mercies] and the God of all comfort” 2 Cor. 1:3

Gordon Rumford Ministries - The God Who ComfortsWhen I was a preschooler I developed whooping cough and so did my older brother and younger sister. My Mother took care of my siblings and my father was responsible for me. I can recall one night of illness being held in his arms. Every time I coughed until I was sick he would be ever so gentle with me and sought to sooth my anxiety. My father was massive man whose powerful arms had been shaped by years of exercise as a farmer. As a child I believed he was the strongest man in the world.

During the night after I had a series of coughing spells I noticed something about my Father I had never seen before. Tears were running down his face. Somehow I sensed that those tears were for me though he did not speak. I continued to be ill through the night but the silent love expressed by my Father’s tears comforted me greatly and I felt safe as he held me close.

Here in our text we have a remarkable description of our heavenly Father. We are to see the Father as ever so loving and gentle with us. The first term means mercy or compassion and in the Bible there are two words often used for God’s action towards those who believe in Jesus.

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