Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector, was a short man so he climbed a tree so that he could see Jesus as He walked by. The local people did not like Zacchaeus because he worked for the Roman rulers.
Jesus stopped at his tree and said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.” Jesus stayed with Zacchaeus for a meal. We are not told whether it was the midday or evening meal but was the 7th of Nisan.
After the meal, Jesus left Jericho. He walked towards Jerusalem and His death in 8 days’ time.
Zacchaeus in Hebrew means: Pure One.
Jesus and Zacchaeus
19:1 Then Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, who was very wealthy. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not see over the crowd because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Him, since Jesus was about to pass that way.
5 When Jesus came to that place, He looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down, for I must stay at your house today.”
6 So Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed Him joyfully. 7 And all who saw this began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinful man!”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will repay it fourfold.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus sets out from Jericho, meaning in Hebrew: City of Palms, to walk to Jerusalem about 24km (15miles), approximately 4-8 hours, all uphill.
Jericho is 251 meters or 825 feet below sea level and Jerusalem is 796 meters or 2,610 feet above sea level. A total climb of 1,047 meters or 3,435 feet.
The custom was that you started early in the morning with a rest in the middle of the day.
The hill or tel of Jericho has been occupied since 800BC and is some 230 meters or 800 feet below sea level.
The Dead Sea. also called the Salt Sea, is just over 400 meters (1,300 feet) below sea level.
The Sea of Galilee, also called Lake of Tiberias, is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world, at levels between 215 metres and 209 metres below sea level.
Other slides in this module:
- New moon
- Blind man eyes healed
- Zacchaeus, the tax collector, waited for Jesus up a tree
- Blind Bartimaeus eyes healed
- Mary – First of two anointings by two different women
- The Triumphal Entry
- Palm tree leaves and cloaks
- Jesus Curses a Fig Tree
- Jesus taught in parables – The Lamps of the Ten Bridesmaids
- Jesus predicts His crucifixion
- Jesus anointed at Bethany by an unknown woman
- Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
- Full Moon
- Sandal, Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
- The upper room discourse, Jesus comforts His Disciples
- Jesus spoke three prayers of intercession: one for Himself; one for his disciples; and one for all believers
- Jesus prays for Himself
- Soldiers came at night to arrest Jesus
- Peter cuts off an ear
- Jesus Arrested
- Jesus was on trial six times
- First trial – Annas the Father-in-law of Caiaphas the High Priest
- 2nd Trial – Jesus arrested and taken to the High Priest Caiaphas
- Friday?: day of Jesus’ death?
- The Cock Crow – Peter Disowned Jesus
- Third Trial of Jesus before The Sanhedrin
- 4th Trial – Jesus before Pontius Pilate for the first time
- 5th Trial, Jesus before Herod Antipas the Governor of Galilee and Perea
- 6th trial – Jesus in front of Pontius Pilate for the second time
- Jesus, the Crucifixion walk
- The Cross or the Crucifixion
- Thick Darkness
- The Roman Centurion
- Jesus is Buried
- Roman Soldiers guard the Tomb
- They made sure by sealing the tomb
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread
- Jesus stays in the tomb three days and three nights
- The Feast of First Fruits
- First Fruits or Resurrection Sunday
- The open empty tomb or the Resurrection
- He is not Here, He has risen – The Resurrection
- Jesus Has Risen Indeed – The Resurrection
- Come See Where He Lay
- Peter Looks – He has Risen Indeed
- On the Road to Emmaus
- The end of the first week
- Jesus makes a special appearance for Thomas
- The First Sunday or 8 days after the First Fruits or Resurrection of Jesus
- Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
- The end of the second week
- The Second Sunday after First Fruits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the third week
- The Third Sunday after First Fruits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the fourth week
- The Fourth Sunday after First Fruits or Resurrection Sunday
- The end of the 5th week
- The Fifth Sunday or 36 days after feast of First Fruits
- Ascension Day – Back to Heaven for Jesus
- Jesus was seen by over 500 people
- The end of the 6th week
- The Sixth Sunday or 43 days from First Fruits
- The end of the 7th week
- Pentecost Fire
- Questions and Answers 1-15
- Questions and Answers 16-30
- Questions and Answers 31-45
- Questions and Answers 46-61
- Background Information – Easter
- Resources: Easter or Palm Sunday To Pentecost
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