Zacchaeus immediately got down and was overjoyed in being able to welcome Jesus as his guest. He used a little child to teach His disciples a much needed lesson on humility. The city is an oasis, a little paradise with palm trees and rose gardens and a delightful climate. Many, many Jews from Galilee were passing through Jericho that day on their way to observe Passover in Jerusalem. And when Jesus to the , he , and him, and unto him, Zacchaeus, , and ; for to day I must abide at thy. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. The main attraction in this parade was Jesus.
Jesus wanted this young man to be His follower, but He also knew that the man had turned his money into an idol. And because tax collectors worked for the Roman government, they were a constant reminder that Israel was once again under the authority of a foreign government. The story about Zacchaeus is an account of the conversion of a soul. Gill's Notes on the Bible And Zacchaeus stood,. Nothing about the butterfly even resembles the creepy, crawly, greedy, munching caterpillar it used to be. When that happens, a periscope may be just what you need. The Bishop's Bible 1568 And Zache stoode foorth, and sayde vnto the Lorde: Beholde Lorde, the halfe of my goodes I geue to the poore, and yf I haue taken from any man by forged cauillation, I restore him foure folde.
And immediately there was a dramatic change in his life. There wasn't anything the people could do to stop their cheating. Untie it and bring it here. Anything they raised over that amount was their personal profit. So really, the fact that Zacchaeus was small matters little to the story. Zacchaeus knew that he had cheated people and when he and Jesus arrived at his house, he confessed and said that he was sorry for what he had done.
And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. The incident reveals the Christian truth that just as the publican Zaccheus was regarded by the rest of the Jews as a sinner and renegade who was unworthy to be numbered among the sons of Abraham, and was yet chosen by our Lord to be His host, so the social outcast of modern life is still a son of God, within whose heart the spirit of Christ is longing to make its abode. Zacchaeus was probably feeling all those emotions and more. And Jesus, the Good Shepherd, called out to him anyway. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. In verse 32 of Luke 18 , Jesus said that He will be delivered to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.
Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus, waiting before him, said to the Lord, See, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have taken anything from anyone wrongly. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. Then he would be able to follow Jesus and be part of the kingdom of God. Zacchaeus positioned himself where he would be sure to see Jesus, who was about to approach. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
Of this he was convinced, as we may suppose, by the presence and discourse of Jesus. Before he met Jesus, Zacchaeus was kind of like a caterpillar. They are so greedy that if you put one in a jar with a bunch of green leaves, the leaves will disappear before you know it! Zacchaeus was one of the head in the region of Jericho, and the Bible says he was a rich man. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. This led to the remarkable interview recorded by the evangelist, and to the striking parable of the ten pounds -27.
I sang this song when I was a kid, and now my granddaughters love it! And John 10:3, which tells us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His dearly loved sheep, says:. As a chief tax collector at Jericho, he was a wealthy man, not just because tax collectors were commonly corrupt, but also because taxes were often collected by what amounted to independent operators who profited directly from all that they managed to collect. Jesus wants everyone to stop sinning and go to heaven. Under the Roman system, men bid on those positions, pledging to raise a certain amount of money. And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. He was in the caravan from Galilee which was going to Jerusalem to keep the Passover.
Jericho was a prosperous trade city on the road from Perea to Jerusalem. In his position, he had amassed great wealth through dishonest means. The offer thus frankly made by Jesus was accepted eagerly and gladly by Zaccheus; and the murmurings of the crowd marred the happiness of neither. Nevertheless, they were required to pay the taxes. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
Zacchaeus Is Called By Name Say: Jesus reached the spot where Zacchaeus was. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. And I will now pay back four times as much to everyone I have ever cheated. Multi-Version Concordance Zacchae'us 3 Occurrences. Worship Bulletin Copyright © 2001- Sermons4Kids, Inc. And because Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector—the boss of all the other tax collectors—he was probably especially disliked. Hold up the plastic caterpillar or picture of a caterpillar.
Kids love mini books, and you can print it in color or in black and white for the kids to color. The crowd, however, muttered that Jesus would be socializing with a. For the is to and to that which was lost. And the rather Zacchaeus directed his speech to Christ, being, as he was now convinced, the discerner of the thoughts, and intents of the heart; who knew the genuineness of his repentance, that it was hearty and real; and the sincerity of his expressions and resolutions, and upon what principles he acted, and proposed to do as follows: behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give unto the poor; not to make satisfaction for the sins he had committed, but to testify his sense of them, and his repentance for them, and as willing to do good with what he had gotten; which shows, that the disposition of his mind was altered, and of a covetous oppressor, he was become tender, kind, and liberal. Application: Meeting Jesus changed Zacchaeus into a completely new person.