Joshua 16.1-18.28; Luke 19.1-27; Psalm 87.1-7; Proverbs 13.11
We may have sung in Bible class that Zacchaeus was a wee little man, but we could have also sung he was a tax-collector who typically stole from their fellow country men and Zacchaeus was very rich, so probably pretty good at it. This might also explain why everyone was so upset when Jesus went to his house for dinner, Zacchaeus being a “notorious sinner,” and all. But if you have been following the life of Jesus closely, these were the kinds of folk he loved to hang out with: he had come to save the lost. Who is it you hang out with?
We often think of how cast to the side women were in Old Testament times, but in today’s story, women come and request land for their family and they get it. Why do you think this is the case and included in our story?
How well do you take care of the gifts you have already been given?
What do you think of when you hear all nations will become citizens of Jerusalem?
The Proverb writer says get-rich-quick schemes are too good to be true. Would you agree with him and why or why not?