Sermon theme: Romans 4:18-25
He was used to people looking down on him, and he’d brought it on himself by his choice of career. The man was a tax collector, and the system was set up in such a way that he was allowed to draw bonuses to his salary from whatever he collected above and beyond the taxes the authorities demanded. How many times had he succumbed to the temptation to enrich himself? When Jesus called Matthew to follow, many of the religious leaders of the day were skeptical – why would Jesus choose Matthew as his follower? Didn’t he want to surround himself with the good people, the righteous people, the ones who did the right things? Was Matthew really what righteousness looked like?
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