Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 5 Study # 1
July 22, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<360> Thesis: The rejection of Jesus had its deepest roots in an antagonism within the self-righteous to Jesus' doctrine of the necessity for, and effectiveness of, repentance. Introduction: In our study last week we considered the fact that the Pharisees and their scribes challenged Jesus' "associations" as an indication of a lack of godliness so that they could undercut His claim to the "Son of Man" title. Their argument was that "birds of a feather flock together" and Jesus' "eating and drinking with tax gatherers and sinners" was proof of His true interests and lack of godly character. We also saw that they had made a major blunder in their reasoning: they misapplied the Word of God by ignoring the fundamental principle that biblical imperatives always have a "setting". Paul cleared up the "associations" issue in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 by clarifying the meaning of the biblical imperatives regarding "associations". They also misread the intent of Jesus in "eating and drinking with tax gatherers and sinners": He did not do that because He preferred their company; He did it because they needed the opportunity to come to repentance. He was at Levi's "reception" in order to invite "sinners" into the Life of God. This morning we are going to move a bit further into Luke's record and look into a third account of an objection raised by the Pharisees and their scribes. They had objected to His declaration of "forgiveness" for a "believer" in 5:17-26. They had objected to His summons of Levi to His inner circle in 5:27-32. And now we come to 5:33-39 where we find them objecting to His disciples' lack of self-denial.