Vs. 7, “All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner’.” What a wonderful reminder that Jesus is concerned about individuals just as much as crowds. Many people have heard about Jesus but not many truly understand why He came. Jesus came to save the lost…with no prejudice or favoritism…God shows us that even a supervisor of tax collectors such as Zaccheus would be offered time with Jesus. Seek & you shall find…and Zaccheus did just that, in fact…it was truly odd behavior for such a man in his position to run and climb a tree. The next section of this chapter is very similar to the parable of the talents, but don’t mistake the two being the same. Scholars contrast the talents to abilities…while minas are compared to sharing the Gospel. We then move forward to the Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the second cleansing of the temple.
Regarding application…Child-Like Curiosity. Vs. 4, “So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” As bad of a reputation that Zaccheus would have in society that day…it’s truly amazing to see his behavior when he saw Jesus coming. As we get older…it’s no longer cool to want to hang out with your parents, it’s no longer cool to get super-excited about something. We get cynical, jaded and bored these days. Now that I live in So. Cal…one of the positive things from Hyojin’s perspective is that we live 30 min. from Disneyland. Although I’m not a Disney fanatic, I have to admit witnessing Hyojin’s child-like awe in the magical world of Disney makes it a far more enjoyable experience. I think we’ll be going again soon :) Let’s find a new child-like curiousity to know God and a joy to fellowship with Him and others!