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Is the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible?/Who is this character?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:38 AM on May. 19, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A Summary of the Scripture:

    Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. He wanted to see him really bad. Although he was a government official, he didn't care if it was embarrassing. He climbed into a tree to see Jesus. His efforts were rewarded. Not only did he get to see him, but Jesus stopped, and told Zacchaeus that he would come to his house to spend time with him. Zacchaeus was thrilled. He went home to prepare.

    But others were upset. Tax collectors were not respected people. And the Jews thought it was shameful for Jesus to spend time with a sinner. But Zacchaeus repented. He not only vowed to give away half his wealth, but to repay anyone he had cheated. Jesus said this was why he had come, to seek out and save the sinner.
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:44 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 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 down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much."
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:43 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:43 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Zacchaeus (Greek Ζακχαῖος, "Zakchaios" Hebrew ×–×›×™, which means pure [1]), according to chapter 19 of the gospel of Luke, was a superintendent of customs; a chief tax-gatherer (Latin: publicanus) at Jericho (Luke 19:1-10). Tax collectors were hated by many of their fellow Jews, who saw them as traitors for working for the Roman Empire.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:43 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • So what's the lesson of this story????
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 AM on May. 19, 2010

  • Thriving...

    Thank you so much. OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:48 AM on May. 19, 2010

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