Something that didn't make it into this morning's sermon on Luke 5:27-32:
Levi's parents must have named him with high hopes. The Levite’s in the Old Testament were the priests. A Levite was meant to be God’s go-between. Levi is meant to be the human face of a loving LORD. He’s meant to bring people under God’s influence.
But now look at him. He's Rome's go-between. The Jewish face of a tyrannical empire, bringing people under Rome’s influence. He’s kind of an anti-levite Levi.
But when Jesus calls him he is freed into being his true self.
In his joy he throws a banquet, invites his co-workers and friends and secures a great speaker - Jesus. He turns into a brilliant go-between, drawing people under Jesus' influence.
Levi becomes levitical.