Why There Were Tax Collectors in Capernaum

by Andrew Forrest

When Levi becomes a disciple of Jesus, he invites Jesus over for dinner, along with a large group of Levi’s fellow tax collectors. Capernaum (on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee) was right on the border between two administrative regions, and so it was a natural place to collect taxes and customs. In the photo above (taken on our trip to Israel earlier this year), you can see from the excavations that Capernaum was a thriving village at the time of Jesus. Maybe Levi lived in one of those houses?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 5:27-39

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