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November 22, 2020 1:00 am
Stu & Robby dive into Luke 19: 1-10, exploring Zacchaeus, the tax-collector in Jericho.
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Now I have time to talk about that usually 19 one through 10 of the passes for writings questions. Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho out the hall there was a man named Zaki as he was a chief tax collector. He was rich, and he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature, so he ran ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way and when Jesus came to the place he looked up and saw him and he said Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down for the day. I'm a stay at your house so we made haste, and came down there seem to received him joyfully, but when they sought they all complain saying he is going to be with a guest of this man.
It was a sinner. Then Zakia stood and said to the Lord. Look, Lord, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor and if I've taken anything from anyone by false accusation I restored fourfold and Jesus said to him today salvation has come to this house because he's also a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost. Robbie, that's the passage in Luke chapter 19 one through 10 and you we are putting a halt, putting a freeze on any shortage of commander 65 pushes 67, 240 pounds mostly muscle had your cheered you to walk in that door you know your your to be careful fleets of this guy was a wee little man it will get into that.
It's interesting, I preached the sermon that wouldn't talk about today.
This are a weekly Bible study a bunch of men get together new called Wednesday in word, we give you that every week on experienced truth, gesturing to the Scriptures. We hope you're with us with your Bible open, or at least listing and is asked some very important questions and just to tie right to the Scripture what God is saying to his work, but trusting us with the Epson reunion where there's always 69686564 tall people.
The Epperson's are tall, you know, big Steve, I hide from him preaching on the wee little man so I had had a really now back to shore joke Serra you know so.
But you know what once in a while. Tell people got a bit mean how many times we last.
Robbie also weather up there, you know, and in my my my African friend from Sudan, 611 and my other friend who's 74073 big James he's getting it all the time.
Everyone says to questions is a number one is whether, how tall are you number two. Do you play basketball just to get that out of the way and then he can move on.
So here we go this are just the first question I will jump right in. How does that key is that we little man compare and contrast with the publican rich young ruler and the blind beggar while so you have this this this tax collector. And what a picture. Luke 19 is that this is a brilliant picture of the life changing gospel transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. But leading up to here we have dealt with Jesus's story. Chapter 18 of the two men that went to the temple to pray, one was just too good for God and the other one was well was me had a heart and God only heard one of those two prayers and only one of those two men was justified wasn't the self-righteous, but it was the unrighteous man that's followed immediately by the man who was too hard for him to go to heaven.
He was too good for heaven.
The rich young ruler had everything going with.
I had everything going for him to sign up to run our church building program nice nice donor. Nice giver. Nice Tyler.
He was rich he was young, as ruler very religious.
He kept everything but he was too good for heaven in he went away weeping and then you have blind armies. This blind guy covered last time who stand there begging is begging, crying out in the ass to receive. The site is first thing ever sees Jesus.
Here Jesus takes time out of his busy travel to Jericho of bustling economic town with all kinds of merchandising going on all kinds of religious people all kinds of dynamics to heal this one blind guy out of the crowd in his life was transformed. He followed Jesus. So now we have Zach now I have a Zach attack on the road.
Another it's got very rich is interesting to cc.
They will the ritual that energy said, well, yeah. Go through, you know it's it's is likely for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person get to heaven well here we have Luke 19 we have a camel go to the eye of a needle is as little sorry for. I told you how this works out. I knew you would die new undelete web to call security to put a clamp on that one. But that's right so he's a wee little man was a great contrast but again, the theme of the whole book of the go to the end this passage the theme of the book of Luke is verse 10. I learned this verse from Pastor, but no one in eighth grade Bible class at Woodland Baptist Christian school and I could say what year was probably the 50s or 30s or 40s is on Robbie, but he said the theme of the book of Luke is reteaching to is you see just the Bible is Luke 1910 for the Son of Man is come to seek and save that which was lost in that something we have Christ seeking and saving a going after us and that you would our lives with you. Go back yet.
Look at the Bible through the lens of Jerusalem, not through the lens of America and this is what's going on here and all the sudden Zakia's is becoming a part of Jesus plan and you know so here so Jesus entered and passed to Jericho were Jericho will. This is the this is the busy, bustling place east of Jerusalem, commerce and trade major industrial haven traders and tax gatherers did really well there goes wherever there's money made their taxes to be paid right. You gotta pay the man right Robbie to think and have everybody they gonna die and you're gonna time for my practice Jericho sort of accursed place.
They were supposed to build even right now it's right after the hallway while downtown and all the shenanigans that went on.
So here it is doing really well and verse two tells us now behold now set up the story here.
There was a man named Zakia's you negatively this we know Zakia's means name pure of heart.
How about that. So this guy's parents very likely Jewish race. It may name the little fellow. Really, hey we want this guy's little guy to be highly maybe a priest maybe maybe a spiritual Christian leader of our country. Maybe he'll be a part of. When the Messiah comes in.
So they named him pure wine are pure of heart, Zakia's and here there like how the world of this happen it here delight for years. Maybe people come up to his parents and said what happened to that dude. All we don't know who he is seen it before. Right. How many times you think that that whole drama played out so that that's a really cool things to Matt this blows my mind because biblically, how true is that it often God gives people a name which he had some handedness that they later become my Gideons thrown the wheat down in the in the well so that nobody sees him because he's a big chicken and the angel comes up and says mighty warrior like me.I say I mean this is really that's a really cool you sent and will come back to that at the end because it's gonna it's gonna actually work and see how God just brilliantly restores the redemption of Christ.
It says it says we know his name is, there is a mate was a man whose name Zakia's, which means pure of heart, and he was a chief tax collector and picked out so he's a big dog so achieved act under he would been over multiple tax franchises.
The in so while he has a occupation of high net worth and lots of cash flow lots of money he would've been the lowest of the low in Israel.
The tax collectors were despised. They were hated because they work for the occupiers.
Romans to shake down and extract taxes from their own people. So if if Robbie if the tax is 10% and on the tax collector and I work for the Romans in your my fellow Jewish guy who were there were supposed to be the same deal here. Same race same ethnicity all that stuff same worship same God.
I say Robbie, I know the tax is 10%. I need 75% year like you need what I said I need 75% and you're like trying to be that Zach get out here will I say well there's two guys with big spears right behind me and were pretty much gonna put your kids in slavery for much and take your house over in all your cattle and what your own network and your inheritance and your land Dese I need 85% think that if she how it keeps going up and so that's what these guys did to me this.
These guys were.
They were hated they were load the that the Jews wanted to kill them literally, they were tax collectors.
No include who could have been in his among his merry men maybe Matthew seek.
He had a friend he was a chief tax that I have much of working for him so he came. Maybe he was curious about all this because he had heard what happened to Matthew and wow he was second rule, but what is my done form. What had his money done for him. What what is a common symbol. Let's look at what he does here is as he sought and verse three you okay I did mention this, but we did it was a chief tax collector. He was rich, so their simple statement of his wealth. Verse three and he sought to see who Jesus was.
So here's a guy who's looking to see who Jesus was all that he heard about Jesus, maybe from Matthew you know his fellow tax tax guy who followed his left. Irving bulges but from the rep reputable. Billy just healed a blind guy in town that was conscripted and probably trying to shake Zakia Stanley give me some money did you make your your your loaded yoga diagram tax collector you give me some money you know payer was executive at blank. I can also nearly blue is that he's likely why the other young ones begging for money more does he assume he maybe heard about the race of the dead. Lazarus maybe heard about all these great miracles is done so it's as he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because the crowd for Jesus, but development of this is later in Christ ministries. On his way from Jericho to Jerusalem. Still Jericho so there is a huge crowd. It's masculine about Christ or come to learn about and listen to him to follow him.
The setup is beautiful because you know Zakia's must've believed in his heart that it did this, Jesus was not going to hate him and that he had to have some word that hey here somebody that even will talk to me because the absence of pretty lonely place that he was at that point in his life is nothing stronger and he's gone will. Maybe this Kyle talked about and maybe there's hope to earn and so that's an interesting thing, the reputation, goes in front of you of you know who you will hang out with you and your money can only buy so much friendship, your only money can only by you so much.
Health as Steve Jobs worth $7 billion and he said himself. I can't pay someone to take my pancreatic cancer and I can't pay to have it fixed yet anyone is able to show things about what's really important. Treasury did know Christ, but tragic WC that he had all this wealth but you can't pay people to be your friend and so you you can't buy time to pay for time and so here Zach was at the end of his rope and read this question here Robbie will have to probably pick it up more next week is wrong. The time with. What does this man's behavior. Tell us about his searching soul.
So here he is now ill and what is his behavior. Look what he did. It says he ran ahead is probably fairly old dead man. He climbs as the calendula anymore tree which is a very sturdy tree will root base having plenty of rude.
I mean, Branson said at a guide to get up and after he climbed up there very good little guy just get in in heaps because he knew Jesus to go past that way. So here he's planned out. Eight. He's plotted a little steam disaster plan to put himself in the direction away in the area were Jesus Christ would be. He's little you can't see over the crowd, so he is gonna climb a tree or to find out suddenly the wall. Zakia's was try to get a glance at this miracle working Messiah and he was creepy, created a plan hatched a plan to do that Jesus Christ actually had a plan for him. How is he a part of Jesus's plan will find out next time on experienced truth of my encouragement. Everyone read the word study the word share the word of God sure the story was someone singing teacher kids.
The song Zakia's was a wee little man is easy to find and ask yourself this question. How did Jesus seek you. What are you doing to get a glimpse of him experienced truth. This is the Truth Network