Matthew And Thomas

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Matthew And Thomas

  1. 1. The Team of Jesus Matthew and Thomas
  2. 2. The Team of Christ <ul><li>“ The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Matthew 10.2-3, ESV) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Two Words to a Tax Collector <ul><li>“ As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Matthew 9.9; ESV) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tax Collecting <ul><li>The Tax Booth: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“…he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew was a customs officer, not a normal first century IRS agent. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This booth could be a small office building or a actual booth in the street. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Tax Collecting Apostle <ul><li>What We Know: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax collectors were not liked: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They were considered traitors. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They were consider to be unclean. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They were lumped with sinners, Gentiles, harlots, outcasts and prostitutes. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Tax Collecting Apostle <ul><li>What We Know: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew brought his friends to Jesus: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. (Mark 2.15; ESV) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Doubting One <ul><li>“ Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” </li></ul><ul><li>(John 20.25, ESV) </li></ul>
  8. 8. What We Forget <ul><li>What we forget about Thomas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John 11.16: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Let us also go, that we may die with him.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Once he missed, he did not miss again: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John 21.2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acts 1.13 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What Do We Learn? <ul><li>Matthew found those he was closest to and brought them to Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas missed once and never missed again. </li></ul><ul><li>What will you do? </li></ul>

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