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Matthew – The Quick Change
Luke 5:27-32; 3:12-13
INTRO: What would you do if you were very wealthy and very comfortable in life? More than likely spiritual things would not be high on your list. Normally this type of person would be hard to lead to Jesus Christ; their comfort level would keep them away from seeing their need of God, hence Jesus’ warning about the difficulty of the rich entering the kingdom of God.
ILLUS: ONE OF THE UNUSUAL WAYS THAT WAS USED TO CATCH RACCOONS ILLUSTRATES THIS POINT: RACCOONS LIKE SHINY THINGS, SO TO CATCH ONE PEOPLE USED TO TAKE A SMALL SCREENED BOX ATTACHED TO THE GROUND AND PUT IN IT A WADDED BALL OF TIN FOIL, NICE AND SHINY! A RACCOON WOULD COME BY AND DECIDE IT WANTS THAT SHINY BALL AND SO WOULD REACH IN AND GRAB IT – AND IT WON'T LET IT GO! ONCE THEY GRAB IT HOWEVER, THEIR PAW CHANGES SHAPE SO THAT THEY CANNOT WITHDRAW IT OUT OF THE CAGE, MANY TIMES A RACCOON WILL GIVE UP ITS FREEDOM RATHER THAN LET GO OF THE SHINY TINFOIL, EVEN TO THE POINT OF SACRIFICING ITS LIFE RATHER THAN LETTING GO! AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO GRASP THE FOIL THEY CANNOT GET AWAY! SUCH IS OFTEN THE CASE WITH COMFORTABLE PEOPLE WITH THIS WORLD'S SHINY STUFF! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
Matthew (also called “Levi”) stands out as one of those rare examples of a man who had almost everything this world had to offer; money, power, and yet, he instantly gave it all up for Jesus! He was a tax collector who was used to making quick change that made a quick change personally – and has given us one of the greatest books in the Bible, the Gospel of Matthew!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that there is nothing in this world that compares with knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
I. MATTHEW AND HIS MESS! Lk. 5:27a; 3:12-13
A. Rejected! Lk. 5:27a
1. Matthew was no doubt a very wealthy man, he was a tax collector for the Roman government while also being a Jew.
a. Jewish tax collecto ...
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