Part 5) Proclaim: Life on Mission
Jesus calls us to gospel proclamation
- Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
- Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
- Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
- List out all that you are grateful for.
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Bible Text: Luke 19:1–10
1 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.”
Context & Commentary
v.2 Of all people in Palestine, tax-collectors were the most hated. They were Jews who collected taxes from their own people to give to the occupying Roman government, and they also took a cut of the collection to enrich themselves. Robbers, murderers and tax-collectors were classed together. Zacchaeus is a “chief tax collector,” which means he stands at the top of the collection pyramid, taking a cut of commission from those who collected taxes for him. He is therefore a wealthy man, though many consider his wealth ill-gotten.
Bock, Darrell L., “Luke 19:1-10” in NIV Application Commentary, New Testament: Luke Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998.
- What’s surprising about the fact that a chief tax collector would go to such extreme lengths to see Jesus?
- How does Zacchaeus’ spiritual responsiveness challenge my assumptions about who would be open to God?
- What steps can I take to share in Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost?