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While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with Jesus and the disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked Jesus' disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"( Collapse )
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[Hosea 6:6] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Then John's disciples came and asked, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the wedding party mourn while the one to be married is still with them? The time will come when the one to be married will be taken from them; then they will fast.
-Matthew 9:10-15 (NIV, edited)