The calling of Matthew.
As the Spirit gave this account to Luke, he records Matthews name as ‘Levi’ or separated in contrast to the Pharisees who had separated themselves to the law and traditions. When Jesus had concluded His discourse in the synagogue He told those present that they would one day say unto Him, “Physician heal thyself” and now, in answer to the murmuring of the scribes and Pharisees, He declares that those who are ‘whole’ (complete) have no need for a physician. The Pharisees delighted in this proclamation since, according to the righteousness of the law, they were whole, complete and blameless. Christ then said that He had not come to call these ‘righteous’ to repentance for they had no need of such. He had come to the sick and the impotent who needed His deliverance. Try to fit that into today’s modern evangelical philosophy... Christ did not come for these people! He did not come to offer them anything for they were complete. He did not come to invite them for they were too holy to accept. He did not come to redeem them for they were not His people and they had no need of Him as the Salvation of Jehovah since they were not sinners in need of deliverance.
But the one who sat at the seat of customs, named Levi, had been separated unto Him from before the foundations of this world. He came into this world like Jacob as a chosen vessel dwelling in a tabernacle. He was a sinner in need of mercy and he was lost in the confusion of the world. He knew he could not keep the law no matter how the Pharisees would amend and alter it according to the traditions of man. AND JESUS CAME TO HIM. He found him. He called him. He empowered him to abandon all, rise up and follow Him. This is how the Just live by His faith. He makes them willing in the day of His power for He works in them both to will and to do His good pleasure. The Pharisees are they who separate themselves and call themselves by the name of the Lord and they have their reward. But those who are separated unto Him have no inheritance with the Israel of this world for they are sanctified for the service of the tabernacle. The servant of Jehovah built it and those given Him by the Father build in it. These are publicans and sinners in need of mercy and pardon and when the Father saw the travail of His soul He was well pleased that the price had been paid for the sick and the unrighteous who now have peace with God. Many come into this world with a covering like that of the hairy red robe of Esau. They are wise in provisions and masters of the field (the world). They despise their birthright for they are complete and in need of nothing. They are blind yet they say ‘we see’, therefore their sin remains. Interesting that Esau had a red robe of hair that covered him and the Pharisees make long their robes and phylactery to show their holiness. The children of the Kingdom have had their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb and they are white, which is the imputed Holiness of God. These are strangers in this world, dwelling in tabernacles until the appointed time when, as Peter wrote, “Knowing that shortly I must put off my tabernacle even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me” (II Peter 1:14).
Take care brethren, Jacob attempted to imitate the master of the field as he disguised himself with the same temporal covering and anointed himself with the earthly musk to gain a carnal blessing. Love not the world neither the things of this world. Abstain from this desire for if a child of peace, then your reward is not of this world but is reserved for you in the heavenlies.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes