Jesus saw Levi son of Alphaeus at his seat in the custom house and said to him ‘Follow me’, and Levi rose and followed him. Mk 2.14
Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom house and said to him ‘Follow me’; and Matthew rose and followed him. Mt 9:9
A very happy birthday to you all. And thank you for the honour you do me by inviting me to preach this morning.
It is quite something to change your name. It’s not likely to apply to most of us. Our ‘Johns’ and ‘Mary’ - even ‘Wesley’ - go back into the mists of antiquity. But ‘Matthew’, that was a new name for a tax collector. First century people loved tax-collectors even less than we do. Even in these days, when relations between taxer and taxed are correct, letters or phone calls from the Inland Revenue terrify.