Hey person, did Jesus ever get that hole in the roof fixed after he healed that guy who couldn’t walk?
What? The Bible doesn’t say anything about it? How am I supposed to sleep at night if I’m worried if there’s still a hole in the roof or not?
Jesus did what?
He signed up another disciple? Didn’t he have enough already?
Did this new disciple catch a lot of fish too?
I’ll listen if there’s fish.
There’s food in the story? Okay, I’ll listen.
In Jesus’ day the Israelites hated the Roman government that ruled over them because the Roman’s were very oppressive. They also hated the tax collectors because they were collecting taxes for the Roman government. These tax collectors were Jews who not only worked for the Roman government, but usually collected more tax than required and kept the extra for themselves.
What does that have to do with food?
The food is coming?
I’ll listen then.
Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth and he said to him, “Follow me.”
Why would Jesus want someone nobody liked on his team? Wouldn’t that put him at a disadvantage?
The food’s almost here?
I’ll listen then.
Matthew got up and followed Jesus and then invited Jesus to dinner at his house.
Do you think Matthew would invite me too?
I’ll listen, but do you mind if I drool while I’m listening?
I can’t help it if I drool, but if you give me a treat I might stop.
Matthew also invited a bunch of tax collectors and “sinners” to have dinner with them. Some of the religious people called Pharisees saw this and asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
I’d eat with them too as long as they shared their food – and gave me loves.
I am listening.
Jesus heard the Pharisee’s question and said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Does that mean that Jesus still loves me even when I’m getting into mischief?
Woo woo! Jesus loves me! I hope he’ll bring me some fish.
April 14, 2013 at 10:51 am
I really love your stories! Thank you for being you!
April 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm
April 14, 2013 at 11:13 am
Of course he does, Bongo!!!! Am I to assume you’re out of the hotel, eating …fish?!
April 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Marina, I finally made it out of the dog hotel today – but I’m still looking for the fish.
April 14, 2013 at 11:36 am
Just the kind of stories I like! THANKS (keep up please)
April 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm
Thanks ff13newsreport. My person tells me a Bible story every Sunday.
LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby?
April 14, 2013 at 11:39 am
I’ve often wondered about the roof in that story too. I mean, it probably took them a while to dig a hole all the way through, and I bet it was pretty distracting to everybody trying to listen to Jesus while they were doing it. I bet some people went up to help them just to get it over with already. I would have, I think.
April 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm
Lisa, I wonder what all the people under the roof were thinking. Especially if little pieces of the roof started dropping on their heads. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
April 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm
If Jesus love me even when I am getting into mischief how much more will he love me when I take over the world?
-Ginger the world dictator collie
April 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Ginger, you will be the most loved collie of all.
Misty Shores Chesapeakes
April 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm
Jesus loves us no matter what, such a wonderful thing!
Are you home from the hotel Bongo?
April 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Misty Shores, I finally got home from the dog hotel today. Now I’m sleeping it off.
April 15, 2013 at 1:05 am
Bongo, If Jesus doesn’t, I will 🙂
April 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Thanks Little Binky. You’re a pal.
April 15, 2013 at 7:04 am
Of course, Jesus loves you Bongo! If he brings you some fish, could you please call me to join? *drools*
Welcome back from the Dog Hotel Bongo! We missed you! 🙂
April 17, 2013 at 8:48 pm
Kevin, Jesus has lots of fish so you can for sure come join me when he brings some.
April 15, 2013 at 8:59 am
I’m not fond of fish. But I like to read Matthew’s story. I love that he volunteered to give back double what he took from people.
April 17, 2013 at 8:49 pm
FleaByte, I bet Matthew had other stuff to eat at his house besides fish. He was a pretty cool guy.