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12 Immediately the man sprang to his feet in front of everyone and left for home.

When the crowds witnessed this miracle, they were awestruck.[a] They shouted praises to God and said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew) to Follow Him

13 Jesus went out to walk near Lake Galilee, and a massive crowed gathered, so he taught them. 14 As he walked along, he found Levi, the son of Alphaeus,[b] sitting at the tax booth, collecting taxes. He approached him and said, “Come follow me.” Immediately he got up from his booth and began to follow Jesus.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 2:12 The Greek word used here can also mean “shocked into wonderment” or “to be out of their minds” (with amazement). This event teaches us that salvation not only involves the forgiveness of our sins, but gives us the power to rise up and walk.
  2. Mark 2:14 The name Levi means “joined,” “united,” and Levi is the same person as Matthew, who wrote the Gospel bearing his name. Alphaeus means “changing.” It is obvious that Matthew’s allegiance is changing from being a servant of Rome to being joined to Jesus as his future apostle.