There is a tree in Jericho, preliminary tests say is many, many centuries old. Like the Abraham Oaks of Mamre, the Oak tree was re-seeded and re-planted. Some say this Sycamore tree is that important 2 millennium mark. Others - not so sure.
He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
5 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.”
6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 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.”
9 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.”
[Verse 1.The way Jesus did things - echoes of many, many Scriptures - Jericho is beautiful and just like the Children of Israel - The Exodus - Jesus will pass through Jericho. Jesus is about to give Zacchaeus an Exodus from only hopes.]
Zacchaeus is a Study - Faith in Reality - A Beginning.
Zacchaeus' goal - Zacchaeus wanted to be seen by Jesus.
He sat up there - in faith.
Zacchaeus was seeing his huge hope - a faith - realized.
The vast blessings of Jesus were becoming - his!
Zacchaeus was investing his life - to Jesus.
Zacchaeus then was surrendering himself to the goal of being an Ambassador for Jesus.
Zacchaeus was going to have to be honest about his flaws.
Zacchaeus had detractors and grumblers - what we call problems.
Professor Eilat Mazar found David's Palace by reading Scripture and applying knowledge to her archaeology. Photo is of Jerusalem and David's view from 100 years ago in Jerusalem.
David is a Study - Faith in Reality - Of an End of Life.
David spent 22 years waiting to come in to a portion of His anointing. Then it appeared Saul's concubine's son would be king. David was a soldier, a mercenary. David waited and waited. He was driven to distraction with delay. Not denial.
David is a study to us of waiting - and the results of sin. David had detractors and grumblers - what we call problems.
David faced his Ambassadorship for God as well, at the end of his life. David saw his inconsistencies - with faith in God. Mighty David was going to have to be honest about his flaws.
2 Samuel 23
Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 "The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; His Word is on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me:
When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,
4 He dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth
5 "For does not my House stand so with God?
For He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will He not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?
6 But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;
7 but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire."
David was in awe of God. Always considering the compassion of God. David understood the exact nature of Jesus.
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Father God, we get to live having faith. According to our faith - we are allowed to pick how many blessings we will lean upon You to fulfill. All things are possible with God.
Jesus our Lord, open hearts. Expand our soul for You to fill. Be the Light in our lives. Be Salvation to our House. Help us today to realize the Joy You have put in today. To be grateful - open our mind to the blessings You provide Today.
The Vast Blessing - to You - we are all transparent - and You choose as Your response - to Love and save us as we call upon You in Faith. Amazing Grace - You bring Forth.
We are all God Opportunities.
Father God! In Jesus Christ the Lord! Amen!
Thank You, Jesus Christ Our LORD.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †