Archive for July 21st, 2017

Luke 19

Luke 19 has Jesus coming across a short guy named Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus so “he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way”.  This tax collector knew he needed a Savior, and he did what he had to in order to be able to see Him.  “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today”.  Jesus invites himself to go and have a meal with this man, even though he was not highly thought of at all.

Of course, the religious leaders had a different view and “when they saw it, they all grumbled”.  They couldn’t understand why Jesus would associate with a sinner like Zacchaeus, who cheated people and took their money wrongfully.  But he repented and offered to give half what he had to the poor and repay those he had taken advantage of.  In that day, a tax collector had much power and could charge people whatever he wanted for the most part.  Zacchaeus knew he was wrong, and so did Jesus.  But the Savior, when challenged by the religious leaders, said “the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”.  Jesus came to save those who need a Savior.

He goes on to tell a parable about ten servants who were each given a mina.  Then the owner leaves, and when he returns his servants come and share what they have done with his money.  One made 10X, one 5X, and one just hid it returning it as it was given.  Jesus makes it clear that the servants who took the money and turned it into more were the ones who did what was expected.  He said “Well done, good servant! Because you have been  faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities”.  Not only did they make a return, they were rewarded with the opportunity to take care of much more.  God wants us to use all that He entrusts to us to maximize the impact.

Jesus comes to the temple and finds that they are selling all sorts of things there.  So “he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers”.  Jesus knows the scripture and He holds those accountable who were violating it.  Of course, this upsets the religious leaders as their source of funding was being threatened.  “The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words”.  But with each of the confrontations He has with these leaders, they become more determined to take Him out.

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