“Both the Pharisees
And the Scribes
‘This Jesus fellow
He eats with them.’”
καὶ διεγόγγυζον οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται καὶ συνεσθίει αὐτοῖς
Luke uniquely talked about Jesus and his coziness with sinners that upset the Pharisees and the Scribes. Luke said that both the Pharisees (οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι) and the Scribes (καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς) were grumbling (καὶ διεγόγγυζον), saying (λέγοντες), that this fellow, Jesus, welcomes sinners (ὅτι Οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται) and eats with them (καὶ συνεσθίει αὐτοῖς). Eating with sinners and tax collectors was a form of fellowship. Perhaps the Pharisees and Scribes were correct in indicating that Jesus was approving their lifestyle. He was giving tacit acceptance to these sinners and their deeds, scandalizing the people of Israel. Listening to sinners was one thing. Eating with them was another thing. Would you welcome and eat with a public sinner?