Contributed by John Gaines on Feb 1, 2006
Matthew the tax collector was interested in following Jesus while the Pharisees saw him associating with the Lord and criticized Jesus for eating with sinners.
THE MESSAGE OF MATTHEW
1. Matthew 9:9-13 (NKJV) As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. 10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and