a Glutton and a Drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Luke 7:34).

Dale A. Arnold

a Glutton and a Drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Luke 7:34).
Monday, May 16, 2016

These are the accusations the religious elite both conservatives and liberals threw at Jesus. Now we have a tendency of brushing this charge away and not think about them. But let us be honest. In every accusation or stereo type there is a little truth. So what can be taken from​ this accusation? Look at Jesus's response  to his accusers. What is interesting is that he never denies any of it!
He first starts out by comparing John the Baptist and Himself..""For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!' 19"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds".Matthew 11:19.  See any " How dear you say these things about me? NOPE! You see John the Baptist was   probably loosely inline with a sect of men call the  Essenes. The Essenes were mostly men that did not partake in drinking wine and  followed a very strict diet. And in most cases did not partake in marriage. (sex)  And lived very separated lives from most other Jews.

 Let us look at the charges themselves.

1. Gluttonous. This had to do with indulging in excesses aka partying and eating to much. The implication is clear. He Jesus was an indulger and cared nothing for the suffering of his fellow Jews. 

2.Drunkard. This is just plain out calling him a Drunk.

3.Friend of Tax collectors. Tax collectors were the scum of the earth as far as their fellow Jews were concerned . They were though of as traitors.  Jews working for the Roman oppressors! Often collecting more taxes than were due. All to line their pockets. Yep they were Assholes!

4. Friend of Sinners.  Also thought of as the scum of Jewish society...the prostitutes , tax collectors, gentiles, whoever was though of as vile breakers of mosaic law! 
Jesus eat, drank, laughed and did what everyone does at a party. His "friends" were the outcast of society and the uneducated. He did not follow John the Baptist way of being. His first miracle was to make wine for a wedding. Not just " it will do" wine but the good shit! 
Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.  And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.  When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from , the headwaiter called the bridegroom,  and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely,( are feeling a little buzzed) then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 

And what does it say that he used the six waterpots used for purification?  Was he just disrespecting their customs? Or was he sending the message that it was no longer needed? For what he came to do would cleanse all mankind!
Jesus often would irritate the religious leaders of his day. He would often ignore there traditions and teachings. He hated their "Piety and self righteousness . Calling them out for it many times. Using very image filled language. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27  Damn!
So they countered and called him a Drunkard a friend of Tax collectors and Sinners. Sending a message to the people that he was not to be trusted. What kind of Rabbi would have friends of this kind? Implying he was a fraud.  And all the people had to do  was to look and see for themselves. For Jesus didn't avoid these "sinners or traitors and he did partake of wine. He went into the gentiles homes. He touched the leapers . He would heal on the Sabbath. And when asked, would often equate himself to the living God! In short He was a "crazy law breaking" Rabbi and a friend of the "other". A friend to all mankind. No matter their state of life! He came to seek and to save that which was lost ( the world).Luke 19:10. Jesus did not come to wrap himself in religion. He came to do the dirty work of saving mankind.
Which called on him to roll up his sleeves and get to where man is! Not sit in a temple and preach at them!