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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 230/260: Zacchaeus

Read Luke 19:1-10

Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man, But A Spiritual Giant

Zacchaeus was a “chief tax collector, and he was rich” (Luke 19:2); in the eyes of other Jews, he was a traitor to the nation. Tax collectors had a reputation for dishonesty, for collecting more than was due and pocketing the difference. As a chief tax collector, he supervised the work of several publicans under him.

When Jesus came to Jericho, Zacchaeus was adamant about seeing Him. Wherever Jesus went, though, He attracted a large crowd, and Zacchaeus couldn’t see because “he was of short stature” (Luke 19:3). Often in children’s Bible classes a song is sung about this man: “Zacchaeus was a wee little man.” Though he was short, he was determined. He decided to climb the sycamore tree just so he could catch a glimpse of Jesus.

The Lord looked up and saw Zacchaeus in the tree, and He told him that He would come to his house. So Zacchaeus came down and welcomed Jesus into his home, but this upset the crowds. They complained, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner” (Luke 19:7).

The tax collector, though, was a committed man. “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold” (Luke 19:8). He was rich, but he was generous, and he was willing to correct any errors that he had committed unknowingly.

Jesus reinforced Zacchaeus’ desire to do right, declaring, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9-10).

Zacchaeus was a wee little man, but he was a spiritual giant, willing to help those in need and do right by his fellowman. How can you be more like Zacchaeus in your life?

Zacchaeus was a Wee Little Man (But a Spiritual Giant) (Luke 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus was a Wee Little Man Luke 19

Luke 19:1-10

I. His biography

    A. Jericho (Luke 19:1; Joshua 6:3-5)
    B. His name, profession, and wealth (Luke 19:2)
    C. His stature (Luke 19:3)

II. His attitude

    A. Ingenuity and humility (Luke 19:4)
    B. Jesus already knew him (Luke 19:5; John 1:43-49)
    C. Zacchaeus received Jesus joyfully (Luke 19:6)

III. The perception others had of him

    A. Tax collectors = sinners (Luke 19:7)
    B. Jesus’ perception was different (1 Kings 16:7; Acts 13:22)

IV. His benevolence

    A. Not boasting (Luke 19:8; Mark 10:17-22)
    B. Is obedience necessary?

V. His salvation

    A. A son of Abraham (Luke 19:9; Galatians 3:26-29)
    B. He needed Jesus (Luke 19:10; John 3:17)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 19/260: Read Luke 19

Who needs the gospel? Who needs to be saved? Everyone! There is not a single person who can be saved without the blood of Christ.

Tax collectors of the first century were often dishonest in their work; they would collect more than was required by the government, and line their pockets with the extra. The people had an especially low opinion of Jewish tax collectors as they were considered traitors, stealing from their own people. It is no surprise they were upset Jesus visited with Zacchaeus on this day.

Yet, Zacchaeus was willing to do something that the rich ruler of the previous chapter refused. “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” Not only did this man want to do good, he wanted to fix the bad things he committed.

What was Jesus’ response to Zacchaeus’ attitude? “Today salvation has come to this house.” The tax collector was a sinner, but he was penitent and desired righteousness. His change of heart would not be ignored by Jesus.

Zacchaeus was a prime example of the reason Jesus came. Sin needed to be dealt with in the tax collector’s life; sin also needs to be dealt with in our lives. Jesus wants to save you.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to ____________ and to _____________ that which was lost.”

Pray

Pray for forgiveness with a penitent, restorative attitude. Pray for opportunities to right your wrongs, giving glory to God.