And on a certain day it came to be, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the Torah sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galil, Yehudah, and Yerushalayim. And the power of Yahweh was there to heal them. And see, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed. And they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Him. But having found no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the house-top and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Yahushua.
And Yahushua, seeing their belief, said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son, your sins have been forgiven.”
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “This One blasphemes!”
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins except Elohim alone?”
And immediately Yahushua, knowing in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason about all this in your hearts?
“Why do you think wicked thoughts in your hearts?
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’?
“But in order for you to know that the Son of Adam possesses authority on land to forgive sins…”
He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
And he rose straightaway, and took up the bed, and went out before all, and when the crowds saw it were amazed and praised Elohim, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have never seen the like of it! We have seen extra-ordinary feats today!”
And He went out again by the sea, and all the crowd was coming to Him, and He taught them. And passing by, He saw a man named Mattityahu (Matthew) Lewi the son of Alphai sitting at the tax office, and said to him, “Follow Me.” And having risen he followed Him.
And Lewi made a great feast for Him in his house. And it came to be, as He sat at the table at his house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat with Yahushua and His taught ones, for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His taught ones, “Why does your Teacher eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
And Yahushua hearing this, said to them, “Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, “For I delight in kindness and not slaughtering, (Hoshea (Hosea) 6:6)
For I did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”