They accused him of associating too much with the Scum Of The Earth. Who did and why did they accuse him?
Lawyers & Do-gooders
Individuals that just see with shallow eyes and not with the heart.
He rebuffs these legalistic and self riotous accusers with a classic line.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. … a saying, “healthy people don’t need a doctor — sick people do”
He didn’t see anyone as scum, he saw them in the framework of healthy and unhealthy.
Many Lawyers and the self riotous see only through the dangerous path of being judge & jury in matters they don’t understand.
In researching humanity since my teenage years, reading hundreds of books and associating with thousands of people, Jesus still baffles me when he breaks all the rules to two.
Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself
It would take a lifetime to even scratch the surface of those two rules. Yes, he’s my favourite teacher and his teachings keep me on the ground, hopefully to minister to one more soul that has lost their way.
If my reputation gets tainted along the way, that’s fine with me. Why should I be any greater than the one I follow.