Out of Office
When I read this verse, I think of Levi plopping an “out of office” sign on his desk and leaving. But let’s try and put our heads where Levi was at. Levi was unmarried, probably a young adult. Marriage may not have been his thing. Commitment might have always been a bridge too far. Plus, what father would hand his daughter over to a guy who sold out to the Romans who were an occupying abusive force. Then one day as he is taking payments (and bribes), Jesus appears. There may have been enough talk about Jesus for him to know who he was. He may have even snuck into hear him preach or heard him at an open air gathering. He knew that this guy did miracles. But what else did he know? I think we could speculate all day on this. It just appears that Jesus comes to Levi out of nowhere and says to him, “Follow me.” Levi wasn’t looking to get his life together for all we know. He had a good thing going with the Roman government. He was climbing his way up the ladder. He knew there were ceilings. There were places his kind wasn’t tolerated, and he knew to stay away from them.