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The Ships of the Sea

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The merchants of the earth were made rich by doing business with Jerusalem. About a week before he was crucified, Jesus drew an analogy of the Kingdom of God by speaking of tax collectors doing business for their master (Luke 19:11-27). When Jesus delivered his Parable of the Pounds, he had been a guest at Zacchaeus’ home in Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, and I believe Jesus’ parable was modeled after Zacchaeus’ business of collecting taxes, fees, exchanging currency and loaning money. It was something the people could readily see and understand. This was important, if they were to understand Jesus’ point about his Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Hatred Toward Jesus and the Publicans

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As far as the collection of taxes was concerned, the official responsible to Rome during the time of Jesus, would have been Herod Antipas for Galilee and Peraea. Matthew would have been one of Herod’s agents. In matters dealing with Judea and Samaria, the official agent responsible to Rome for collecting taxes would have been either Pilate or the president of Syria, and Zacchaeus would have been one of his agents. It seems, however, that the text places a greater responsibility upon Zacchaeus than upon Matthew, who may have been responsible for only a specific location in or near Capernaum. Zacchaeus, on the other hand, seems to have been the taxing authority in Jericho, and, no doubt, he had other taxing agents working under his authority. These agents would have been responsible to him, but he was responsible to the Roman authority accountable for collecting taxes for Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 6, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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How Evil a Man Was Zacchaeus?

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I believe Zacchaeus’ testimony reveals that he was not the great sinner he was considered to be. For example, if Zacchaeus cheated everyone, how could he have given half of his goods to the poor and still make restitution according to his own interpretation of the Law? Logic demands that, if Zacchaeus had to give away all his money to make restitution, his goods, minus what he had already given to the poor, could be only 20 % of the total wealth he had left. He would then return what he had stolen, plus four times what he had already returned. Such a thing would amount to the other half of his goods. Therefore, if Zacchaeus was a thief, and I don’t believe he was, he couldn’t have been stealing from everyone. Most of his wealth, he had to have accumulated honestly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Zacchaeus’ Testimony

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There is little doubt that the they in the text at Luke 19:7 refers to the Pharisees and possibly scribes who might also have been curious enough to watch what Jesus did, as he passed through Jericho. Certainly, both groups were critical of Jesus in the past (Luke 5:30; 6:7; cf. 11:53), and there is no reason to believe Jesus’ critics were the common people (John 7:26). The Greek word used for murmured (G1234) is used only in Luke and then only at 15:2 and 19:7, and at Luke 15:2 it points to the scribes and Pharisees. However, this same Greek word is used in the Septuagint for those who murmured against Moses and Aaron (Exodus 15:24; 16:2, 7-8; 17:3; Numbers 14:2). It is also used of those who brought back a bad report of the Promised Land (Numbers 14:36), so the murmuring on these occasions was done by the leaders of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Receiving the Chief Publican

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Although Jesus was comfortable in any crowd and at any function, both he and Zacchaeus probably didn’t normally mingle with the same social crowd. Although Jesus did dine with several rich and important people, normally, we would expect to find him with the poorer classes. On the other hand, Zacchaeus would have always dined with rich Jews like himself or with gentiles who were also of the upper class. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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The Little Man Who Couldn’t See

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We might interpret Luke’s words: who Jesus was (Luke 19:3) to mean Zacchaeus simply couldn’t pick Jesus out from the crowd, because of all the people in from of him. Zacchaeus was a small man, and his visibility was negligible due to all the people who lined the roadway that Jesus used from Jericho to Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 20, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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Zacchaeus, the Chief Tax Collector


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Who is Zacchaeus? His name is a form of Zechariah, which means righteous one. We find him only in Luke’s Gospel account, and then only in Luke 19. We are able to understand that he at least heard about Jesus, if he hadn’t already met him. He is a short man, and, because he cannot see Jesus passing by, he ran ahead of the disciples in order to climb a tree and thereby get a glimpse of Jesus over the heads of the crowd, as Jesus and his disciples passed by. One has to wonder what this is all about. It seems from the text that the Lord looked for him, because he says he must stay at his home overnight, as though he had a prior appointment with him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Gospel of Luke


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