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March 21, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 19 (ESV)

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 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.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

  2. The account of Zacchaeus is such a powerful one and what a contrast to the rich young ruler from chapter 18. He overcomes obstacles to see Jesus and he is rewarded. He then makes his faith clear by righting the wrongs he has done as a tax collector and giving away his wealth. You wonder if he heard what Jesus said to the rich ruler?

    The parable of the minas reminds us that we are stewards of what we have, not only in what we possess but also in the talents and skills we have. How are we using those things to bring glory to God’s kingdom?

    And although I am way behind in my reading and posting, it is nice to be in Luke 19 tonight. To be reminded of the events of the triumphal entry where Jesus’ popularity was at its highest is nice. And yet the people’s fascination with him was only skin deep. We know how things turn out at the end of the week, so it is hard to be impressed with the people’s praises. How fickle we can be, huh? Hopefully when Jesus turns over some tables in our lives we will accept it with the faith and humility we saw in the last chapter.

  3. I keep on re-reading chapters that I have already read and seeing new things.

    In the parable of the minas it says that Jesus spoke the parable, “because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.” In the parable, he is the King that is going to go away and come back and is leaving minas for people to “invest” for Him.

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