Matthew, the seventh apostle, was chosen by Andrew. Matthew belonged to a family of tax gatherers, or publicans, but was himself a customs collector in Capernaum, where he lived. He was thirty-one years old and married and had four children. He was a man of moderate wealth, the only one of any means belonging to the apostolic corps. He was a good business man, a good social mixer, and was gifted with the ability to make friends and to get along smoothly with a great variety of people. Andrew appointed Matthew the financial representative of the apostles. In a way he was the fiscal agent and publicity spokesman for the apostolic organization. He was a keen judge of human nature and a very efficient propagandist. His is a personality difficult to visualize, but he was a very earnest disciple and an increasing believer in the mission of Jesus and in the certainty of the kingdom. Jesus never gave Levi a nickname, but his fellow apostles commonly referred to him as the "money-getter." Levi's strong point was his wholehearted devotion to the cause. That he, a publican, had been taken in by Jesus and his apostles was the cause for overwhelming gratitude on the part of the former revenue collector. However, it required some little time for the rest of the apostles, especially Simon Zelotes and Judas Iscariot, to become reconciled to the publican's presence in their midst. Matthew's weakness was his shortsighted and materialistic viewpoint of life. But in all these matters he made great progress as the months went by. He, of course, had to be absent from many of the most precious seasons of instruction as it was his duty to keep the treasury replenished. It was the Master's forgiving disposition which Matthew most appreciated. He would never cease to recount that faith only was necessary in the business of finding God. He always liked to speak of the kingdom as "this business of finding God." Though Matthew was a man with a past, he gave an excellent account of himself, and as time went on, his associates became proud of the publican's performances. He was one of the apostles who made extensive notes on the sayings of Jesus, and these notes were used as the basis of Isador's subsequent narrative of the sayings and doings of Jesus, which has become known as the Gospel according to Matthew. The great and useful life of Matthew, the business man and customs collector of Capernaum, has been the means of leading thousands upon thousands of other business men, public officials, and politicians, down through the subsequent ages, also to hear that engaging voice of the Master saying, "Follow me." Matthew really was a shrewd politician, but he was intensely loyal to Jesus and supremely devoted to the task of seeing that the messengers of the coming kingdom were adequately financed. The presence of Matthew among the twelve was the means of keeping the doors of the kingdom wide open to hosts of downhearted and outcast souls who had regarded themselves as long since without the bounds of religious consolation. Outcast and despairing men and women flocked to hear Jesus, and he never turned one away. Matthew received freely tendered offerings from believing disciples and the immediate auditors of the Master's teachings, but he never openly solicited funds from the multitudes. He did all his financial work in a quiet and personal way and raised most of the money among the more substantial class of interested believers. He gave practically the whole of his modest fortune to the work of the Master and his apostles, but they never knew of this generosity, save Jesus, who knew all about it. Matthew hesitated openly to contribute to the apostolic funds for fear that Jesus and his associates might regard his money as being tainted; so he gave much in the names of other believers. During the earlier months, when Matthew knew his presence among them was more or less of a trial, he was strongly tempted to let them know that his funds often supplied them with their daily bread, but he did not yield. When evidence of the disdain of the publican would become manifest, Levi would burn to reveal to them his generosity, but always he managed to keep still. When the funds for the week were short of the estimated requirements, Levi would often draw heavily upon his own personal resources. Also, sometimes when he became greatly interested in Jesus' teaching, he preferred to remain and hear the instruction, even though he knew he must personally make up for his failure to solicit the necessary funds. But Levi did so wish that Jesus might know that much of the money came from his pocket! He little realized that the Master knew all about it. The apostles all died without knowing that Matthew was their benefactor to such an extent that, when he went forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom after the beginning of the persecutions, he was practically penniless. When these persecutions caused the believers to forsake Jerusalem, Matthew journeyed north, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and baptizing believers. He was lost to the knowledge of his former apostolic associates, but on he went, preaching and baptizing, through Syria, Cappadocia, Galatia, Bithynia, and Thrace. And it was in Thrace, at Lysimachia, that certain unbelieving Jews conspired with the Roman soldiers to encompass his death. And this regenerated publican died triumphant in the faith of a salvation he had so surely learned from the teachings of the Master during his recent sojourn on earth. The Urantia Book, Pages 1559-1560, (139:7.1)
Mark's Gospel, now known to be the original New Testament gospel, mentions Levi , son of Alpheus (Alphaeus) as a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow him (Mark 2:14). Mark never again refers to Levi, who is not mentioned in the full list of the twelve disciples (verses 3:14-19), where Mark introduces other disciples including Matthew, Thaddeus (Thaddaeus), and James, son of Alpheus. Disciples are not meant to change their minds when called by Jesus, yet this seems to happen when Mark omits Levi in the list of all the twelve apostles.
Luke follows Mark closely, in that it mentions Levi but only in the context of a story in which Jesus is criticised for consorting with tax collectors, with Matthew being one of the twelve (Luke 6:15).
As with Luke, Matthew's Gospel is known to have been based substantially on Mark and, when copying the original gospel, its anonymous author resolves Levi's unexplained absence simply by not mentioning Levi at all, and by having Matthew as the disciple who was a tax collector, so that two thousand years of tradition have held that Levi and Matthew must be the same person.
St. Matthew (Levi) was a tax collector. Paul was reportedly a tent maker and Pharisee.
Matthew is also called a Levi in the bible as he was a tax collector.
Before he became an apostle of Our Lord, Matthew (Levi) was a tax collector for the Roman government.He was a tax collector.
Levi was also known as Matthew who was a tax collector and wrote "The Gospel according to St. Matthew".
Matthew (Levi) was a tax collector for King Herod.
Matthew (Levi) was a tax collector for the Roman government before he became an apostle.
Matthew, a former tax collector and one of Jesus's Twelve Apostles, also known as Levi.
The tax collector was booed as he walked down the street.He was a tax collector in the 1990's.
Yes he was a tax collector.
Tax collectorMatthew was a tax collector.
He was chief tax collector for Judea. (•____•)
go to the king in swordhaven, then talk to him and ask him about the tax collector,then u will see the tax collector (which is a pig).
The reference to Matthew as a tax collector is found in Matthew, alone among the gospels. The original New Testament gospel, now known as Mark's Gospel, refers to Levi, son of Alphaeus, as a tax collector. However, for some reason, Marknever again refers to Levi, but introduces Matthew and James, son of Alphaeus, as disciples in the full list of the twelve disciples (verse 3:14-19). There is no reason here to believe that the author of Mark was portraying Matthew as either the tax collector or as the brother of James, son of Alphaeus.Disciples are not supposed to simply disappear, and the author of the gospel now known as Matthew's Gospel (Matthew 9:9; 10:3) resolved the difficulty by referring to the disciple Matthew as the tax collector whom Jesus called to follow him. Because of this usage in Matthew, it has become accepted by Christians that Matthew and Levi were one and the same person.Luke more or less faithfully copies Mark, using the name Levi as the former tax collector in the corresponding place in the text, while John makes no mention of him.
If you are referring to Levi in the New Testament of the Bible. He is otherwise known as Matthew the Tax Collector. The Jews despised the Tax Collectors because they were an agent of the Romans and often cheated to get more money for themselves. I refer you to the reaction of the Jews to Jesus eating with Zacceus.
well there is no disciple named Levi but there is one named Mathew and he was a tax collecter, also known as a publican.Answer:Matthew and Levi are the same person.Matthew 9:9 - As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.Mark 2:14 - As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. [NKJV]
The tax collector was Nicodemus.
Yes, Matthew was a tax collector.
The ISBN of Confessions of a Tax Collector is 9780060555603.
The original New Testament gospel, now known as Mark's Gospel, refers to Levi, son of Alphaeus, as a tax collector. However, for some reason, Mark never again refers to Levi, but introduces Matthew and James, son of Alphaeus, as disciples in the list of the twelve disciples (verse 3:14-19). Luke's Gospel follows this more or less faithfully when copying from Mark.Because disciples are not supposed to just disappear, the author of the book now known as Matthew's Gospel resolved this problem by not referring to Levi, but instead saying in the corresponding place in the text that the tax collector Jesus called was Matthew.Because of the change of name in Matthew, it has become accepted by Christians that Matthew and Levi were one and the same person, although Mark's Gospel makes this seem unlikely.A:Matthew, also called Levi.A:(Matthew 10:3) Matthew was a tax collector (Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14).
the tax collector is still around. it is called the IRS and does not go door to door like the colonial tax collector does. :D
A:The original New Testament gospel, now known as Mark's Gospel, refers to Levi, son of Alphaeus, as a tax collector. However, for some reason, Mark never again refers to Levi, but introduces Matthew and James, son of Alphaeus, as disciples in the list of the twelve disciples (verse 3:14-19). Luke's Gospel follows this more or less faithfully when copying from Mark. Because disciples are not supposed to just disappear, the author of the book now known as Matthew's Gospel resolved this problem by not referring to Levi, but instead saying in the corresponding place in the text that the tax collector Jesus called was Matthew.Because of the change of name in Matthew, it has become accepted by Christians that Matthew and Levi were one and the same person, although Mark's Gospel makes this seem unlikely.
If you are referring to the 12 apostles, Matthew was the one who had been a tax collector.
The tax collector counts the population. I read it in a book... and my teacher told me.
No, St. Matthew was a tax collector, not James.
Confessions of a Tax Collector has 384 pages.