Luke Chapter 19

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Luke 19

1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.

37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,

48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

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39 thoughts on “Luke Chapter 19

  1. Jesus was seeking & searching……………………………….

    10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

    “Seek & you shall find……….”

  2. How did Zacchaeus know where Jesus was headed?

    4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

    It could have been there was a parade route lined out through Jericho where Jesus would pass through. It could be there was only one path through Jericho towards Jerusalem.

    Or, it could be that Zacchaeus had spent time in prayer and could discern the heart of the Lord and thus was prepared to “run before” and climb a tree in the Lord’s path. How can we know the Lord’s desires for our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with if we do not spend time in prayer seeking his will for our lives?

  3. 15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

    16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

    17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
    multiplication of authority…
    I’m these passages we see a multiplication of authority in the life of this servant. His master had given him a certain amount and instead of him just sitting on it and not doing anything he grew it ten times! As a result of his diligence God blessed him with ten times the authority that he originally had. He went from a servant to a master because he was faithful!

  4. I WANT TO SEE JESUS!!!!!!!

    2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
    3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
    4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
    5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
    6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

    Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so badly that no obstacle will stop him. He got out of his comfort zone, claimed up the sycomore tree, above the crowd, and didn’t care what people would say.
    Some people say they want the Holy Ghost but won’t go to the altar because they say that if they could get it on the altar, God will give it to them on their seat also. Yes, God can give it to you any where, but there is something about being willing to surrender, to humble, to put ALL PRIDE a side that God seems to reward it. Zacchaeus only wanted to see the man called Jesus, he wanted to see what the whole commotion was about, who was this man doing all this miracles, who was this prophet??? But it was his willingness to go far beyond the call of duty that rewards him with the honor of JESUS COMING TO ABIDE IN HIS HOUSE. Another thing that some people say is that they have sinned too much, that they need to fix their lives before they go and get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. What they don’t understand is that Repentance will put their spiritual lives in order, that baptismal will cleanse them of all sin, and that the Holy Ghost will give them the POWER to continue…
    What does that Sycomore tree represents??? What do you need to climb up to get to Jesus??? What do you need to leave behind you to follow HIM??? WHATEVER THE ANSWER IS, JESUS IS WORTH THAT AND MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE. TAKE THE STEP, COME OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, CLIMB, JUMP, RUN, SURRENDER TO JESUS AND HE WILL ABIDE WITH YOU FOREVER.

  5. 22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

    23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

    24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

    OUT OF THINE OWN MOUTH I WILL JUDGE YOU!!!

    These are such strong words,when I think that our own lips will either condemn us or get us ready for the next life.
    What we do with what God has given us will make all the difference!
    1. We can put it to work and let it grow.
    2. Or we can just sit on it until the Lord returns.

    Lord help us understand that today is the day that God has given us to work for the kingdom of God. If we are going to do anything we must start here and let God begin to use us in his kingdom.
    I can do all things through Jesus Christ, this is the attitude we should all develop.
    Because God is our refugee, a present help in time of trouble.
    Lord help me invest what you have given me and let it grow thereby.

    • Bro. Tallant you hit the nail on the head. Wow, great teaching, I copied it and sharing it on the social web. Can’t help myself, just feel in my heart that there are some people out there that need to see this. Love you and appreciate your wisdom and the way you speak into my life. Thanks again for all you do and for all your love.

  6. Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

    This is thy day: There is still time to repent. But Jesus knows that comcomparatively few will make use of it. Peace is another way of expressing what “salvation” implies. The city that for so long has rejected God’s messengers (11:50; 51; 13:34) is no longer capable of discerning its redemptive last chance.

    Psalm 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

    Harden not your heart 8-11

  7. Either you’re in, or you’re out

    “But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: ‘We don’t want this man to rule us.’

    “The next servant said, ‘Master, here’s your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar. To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don’t suffer fools gladly.’

    “He said, ‘You’re right that I don’t suffer fools gladly—and you’ve acted the fool! Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’

    “He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag. “‘As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don’t want to see there faces around here again.”

    When pride and rebellion rules the heart, you’ll never be willing to submit to authority that has rule over your life. What a terrible place to be.

    You would think that within you, you would eventually get sick and tired of feeling and acting this way, pushing everyone out in order for you to make yourself known and make a statement in how you’re feeling/think! At the end…….. It’s your loss.
    For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭15‬:‭23‬ KJV)

    First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬ MSG)

  8. 37. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

    38. Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

    39. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

    40. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

    Verse 1:
    Now Jesus was going up,
    On His way to Jerusalem,
    To be lifted high on a tree
    That He might draw men unto Him.
    Well, the multitudes began to praise Him
    While others were trying to stop Him.
    He said “If they hold their peace,
    The rocks are gonna cry out!”

    Chorus:
    And here is one less stone,
    And I’m one more voice,
    To praise the mighty name,
    The name of the Lord!
    I am one less stone,
    And I’m one more voice to praise Him
    Blessed is the King who comes
    In the name of the Lord!

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    The little man with a big heart

    2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

    3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

    He was chief among the publicans.

    publican G754

    ἀρχιτελώνης
    architelōnēs
    ar-khee-tel-o’-nace
    From G746 and G5057; a principal tax gatherer: – chief among the publicans.
    Total KJV occurrences: 1

    Zacchaeus was a very hated man. He collected taxes for the Roman Government. The Jewish people were very offended that Jesus would extend fellowship to such a fellow. However, Zacchaeus had a big heart in the fact that he repented and restored what had formerly been taken by falsehood.

    Jesus loves us all and gives us all a chance.

  10. The story of Zacchaeus spoke to me about his persistence, he didn’t give up on seeing Jesus just because he was short, he made a way to reach his goal (Jesus). Zacchaeus’ persistence saved his entire family as we see in verse 9 CEV “Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today you and your family have been saved, because you are a true son of Abraham.”

    The story of the ten servants also spoke to me about “making a way” to grow; maybe not in stature; but, whatever God has placed in your hands. Matthew 25:29 NLT says “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

    The last story in this chapter verse 40 says “But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.” This was Jesus’ response to the Pharisees when they wanted Jesus to control his disciples. We have to find a way (through prayer) to shout praises through our trials, our shortcomings, and be persistent to reach out and make a way to grow from it. We cannot afford to give up, not grow or keep quiet. Let’s make some noise (enthusiastic praise) POFW !

  11. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

    We are all created by God. Even though we are privy to the truth from revelation and relationship with Jesus, we as Christians cannot look down on others. Though they may be engrossed in sin we need to look at them through the eyes of God. He created them, loves them, and weeps for them.

  12. The final exam

    Luke 19:44 (KJV Strong’s)
    ” 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

    Visitation – inspection (for relief); by implication, superintendence investigation, inspection, visitation that act by which God looks into and searches out the ways, deeds character, of men, in order to adjudge them their lot accordingly, whether joyous or sad oversight overseership, office, charge, the office of an elder the overseer or presiding officers of a Christian church

    In college I had to take finals. A few were tests where questions were answered, but most were long 10 page essays.

    The finals could not be completed at the last minute or it would surely produce a bad grade.

    For weeks there was study, preparation, research gathering, implementation, brainstorming, and then a rough draft could be written. Once this was done it had to be edited, and submitted for review.

    The final was not something that could be flippantly approached or you would fail the class. One fourth of the grade was determined by the final.

    Jesus wept for the city because they were not ready for their inspection, investigation, and superintendence. They had lived their lives but missed out on their visitation, and ultimately failed their final.

    Those who did not accept Jesus, and follow the plan of salvation but followed the Jewish law accordingly were saved until the Holy Ghost was poured out. At that instance they had to submit themselves to the born again experience or die lost regardless of their previous faithfulness to the old covenant.

    The unbelievers were truly left behind. They missed their visitation.

    Today I believe God is fulfilling his promise to Abraham, and beginning to reveal his children to the world. Only those who are preparing for their final will know the time of their visitation.

    Revival and great harvest is coming! Don’t be left behind.

    Luke 21:36 (Weymouth New Testament)
    ” 36 But beware of slumbering; and every moment pray that you may be fully strengthened to escape from all these coming evils, and to take your stand in the presence of the Son of Man.””

  13. THE REASON THE BROKE REMAIN BROKE

    23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
    24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
    25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
    26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

    So often when observing the poor we find ourselves seeking ways to help them financially, only to find out that they are soon BROKE again. We understand from the passage above that being BROKE is much more than a money problem. In the Kingdom of GOD it is a TRUST/ATTITUDE (FAITH) problem.

    The LORD examines each of us by our FAITH in HIM, which is exhibited by our attitude, confidence and investment in HIM. People remain BROKE not because the LORD is unkind to them, but because their FAITH and OBEDIENCE is broke. Notice the BROKE guy accused the LORD, and the BLESSED guy WORKED for the LORD. Remember the accuser of the brethren is satan. The bad attitude cost the BROKE guy, but the gut with the RIGHT attitude and full of FAITH was FAVORED not only with what he gained, but also with what someone else saw as wasteful, worthless or wretched.

    GOD BLESSES the FAITHFUL. The LORD will very soon BLESS many at The POFW with abundance from someone else that is BROKE. (The WORD of the LORD has skopen this.)

    Look around and pray for the BROKE, that their FAITH would not fail them. There is a difference in being POOR and BROKE, be careful to not confuse these.

    iRepent
    iPray
    iPraise
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  14. And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ (‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭17‬ NKJV)
    I want to hear that. One day. Hopefully soon. I going to make it on the ark.

    But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (‭Luke‬ ‭19‬:‭40‬ NKJV)
    I will never let a rock worship in my place. He done great things for me so I have reason to praise day by day.

  15. 22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

    What are we doing with what God has given us. He is watching, waiting for us to multiply it, lets not think of our selves but sharing our blessings, gifts and talents and lets multiplybthem for God. We will be judged by everything that comes out of our mouths. Jesus help me to speak only good things in Jesus name.

  16. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

    Fellowship is a great way to win the lost to the truth. The bible says we are in the world but not of the world. Our relationship with the Lord should be so strong and secure that we can eat with sinners and be Jesus to them and not be effected by the world they are part of. This example is truly reaching into a lost and dying world and having compassion on people and pulling them from hell with our love for them through Jesus Christ.

  17. I’m on a mission…

    10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

    How can we call ourselves a child son/ daughter if we do not have the same mission in mind? To seek and save means we must go among them and not become them. We must be so secure in God that they are attracted to Him shinning through us. Daily we must be on a mission to see who we can lead to him.

  18. vs 36/
    And He went, and they laid thier clothes down where He went.

    HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!!!!

    I know that when Jesus went by on His donkey that they laid thier clothes down because the donkey that He rode on and Jesus was Holy. I would of liked to do that too. being a servant to Jesus is an awsome reward. I know that He loves everyone and cherishes him they didnt want to defile Him or the horse that He rode on.

    Bless You Lord.
    ipray to give You my All.
    ipray in my faithfulness to You always in everything.

    I love You Jesus,
    Debbie Vandeventer

  19. 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

    22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

    God is going to be the one to judge us but it is us that decides if we are going to live eternally with God or not. We have to make up in our mind to live a life of prayer and praise, we have to live a life dedicated to God, not a life dedicated to worldy things and a life of sin. We will reap what we we sow! So we need to ask ourselves what are we sowing into this world?

  20. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

    4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
    5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
    6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

    We shouldn’t allow for anything to keep us from God and all that He has for us. I will do anything for more of You Jesus!

  21. 19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

    I still remember hearing this story in Sunday school as a child; and thinking to myself what a silly boy climbing trees. Now as I get to teach my Sunday school class I think in awe that this man didn’t let anything stop him from SEEING Jesus; to think that’s all he wanted to SEE Him! Zacchaeus took his “problem” and made it a possibility!

    Which in the end, had an immeasurable reward!

    What “problem” could be your possibility today?

  22. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The Lord’s (Jesus) purpose was not hidden, nor was Zacchaeus purpose to see Jesus hidden, albeit some such as the Pharisees was. One’s purpose should never be hidden, for one’s purpose is what is in, one’s heart. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  23. 19-5
    REACHING PEOPLE
    We reach people sometimes by spendind time with them in different settings where they fill comfortable. Dont be suprised when people dont accept an invatation to come to church. A good way to reach them is going to where they spend time.

  24. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

    5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

    6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

    Out of my way..I came to see The Lord!

    Wow..can you imagine, how The Lord will feel if we all took this attitude. I want to see Him! I will do what it takes to see Jesus! You bet the He will come visit you. We get His attention when we are wholeheartedly willing to seek Him. He disentangle play hide and seek for He is everywhere but sometimes we need to invest the time and make the move towards finding Him in the midst of our “press” (chaotic ) life. I remember how I enjoy going to pray alone late at night after work. Sometimes it was hard to find a place to pray and be alone..but there is always an empty park where I’ve had the best prayer meetings alone with Him. Oh I want to see him! Climb the tree do whatever I must see, feel, experience Jesus everyday of my life!

  25. v10 For the son of man has come to seek and save that which is lost .

    Tragedy of all tragedies is being lost for eternity . This is what caused JESUS to give HIS LIFE to be sacrificed in such a cruel manner.. And yes HE ATE with sinners so that HE might reach them with the gospel.

    ” For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall man give in exchange for his
    soul ?” Matthew 16:26

    We should continue to seek the lost with the same PASSION that drove JESUS to the cross.

    Pray this will go through . I tried all morning
    to blog and it would not go through.
    Don’t know what I was doing wrong .???

  26. The climb

    1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

    2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

    3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

    4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

    5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

    Jesus is looking for people that really want him. He knows the hearts of his people. Will will climb to see him. Will we work to get higher in him. He is seeing what we are made of right now and how we respond to these test will determine our favor. Let us climb.

  27. The Business man

    21 for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow. ’

    *A representation of this today is a driven businessman, banker, or investment professional.

    exacting in the Greek is defined well by Vines below:
    austeros (αὐστηρός, 840), akin to auo, “to dry up” (Eng., “austere”), primarily denotes “stringent to the taste,” like new wine not matured by age, unripe fruit, etc., hence, “harsh, severe,” Luke 19:21- 22.
    …Synonymous with austeros, but to be distinguished from it, is skleros (from skello, “to be dry”). It was applied to that which lacks moisture, and so is rough and disageeable to the touch, and hence came to denote “harsh, stern, hard.” It is used by Matthew to describe the unprofitable servant’s remark concerning his master, in the parable corresponding to that in Luke 19 (see austeros, above). Austeros is derived from a word having to do with the taste, skleros, “with the touch.” Austeros is not necessarily a term of reproach, whereas skleros is always so, and indicates a harsh, even inhuman character. Austeros is “rather the exaggeration of a virtue pushed too far, than an absolute vice”
    ( Vine’s)

    CWS dictionary adds Austērós is often associated with honor, meaning earnest and severe.

    The context of the sentence implies that the Master is harsh and severe in his determination to be successful. It is much like a business man today who will not accept failure. The word is not used in a negative connotation, if it were, σκλεροσ (skleros) would be used.

    As a side note, a minas is worth about 3 month wages at that time. In todays terms, that is around 10-12k based on the average income in America.

  28. JOYFULLY !!!! 1. AND Je’-sus entered and passed through Jer’-I-cho. 2. And, behold, there was a man named Zac- chae’-us, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3. And he sought to see Je’-sus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5. And when Je’-sus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zac-chae’-us, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. I praise you, I glorify you, I magnify you, your royal majesty. Thank you Jesus !!!!

  29. 24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

    I believe this goes with the talents the Lord has given us. If we keep and guard our talent/s their useless to the kingdom of God so that is why he takes them away and gives it to someone who is really using their talents for the kingdom of God. Use your talents wisely for we are all the body of Christ and have been assigned certain talents that others may not have. Unity between the church is a healthy church.

  30. 45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;

    46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

    47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,

    48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

    What a shame that the rulers of the temple couldn’t sit & listen to the Master and hear how great his teachings were. They could have been converted had they only listened! Do we hear Pastor? How many times could our dilemmas been solved had we just listened! Lord help us to keep prayer first & foremost in your house so that our hearts will be open to the word sent to deliver.

  31. 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

    Thank you Jesus that e have a place that we can call a house of prayer.

  32. Sycamore tree information

    They also stand up well in inclement weather, such as high winds and hail. The trees grow quickly, which means you should not plant them close to foundations or sidewalks where root systems can crack the structures or pavement. Sycamores are often used in urban areas as a source of shade, as they are tall compared to other trees.

    Why the sycamore? Maybe it was because it was the only tree. Maybe it was because it was taller than the other trees. Or maybe it could withstand the storm of life the other church members would bring his way.

  33. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

    Isaiah 55:12

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    We can stand in the middle of a field and and just listen and be still and see the handiwork of the Almighty!
    How awesome is our God that even when we don’t praise him, the elements praise him, the stones and trees and rivers praise him. I will never let a rock cry out in my praise.

  34. Restoration

    8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

    9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

    When we think of repentance, we as people have a tendency to get caught up on the part of fixing the actions and wrongs and things, but there’s more to the story than that. And even so, there’s more to it than also the change of heart and transformation of the inward man. At the crux of the matter is Jesus’ mission: to restore humanity to eternal communion with Him. Zacchaeus jumped at the opportunity to restore with interest what he had wrongfully taken, but Jesus brought the picture into the full scope in v10:

    10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

    The main focus of “that which was lost” was not the monetary value but Zacchaeus’ soul. While the works of repentance are both good and necessary, the whole point is the restoration of the relationship between God and man. It is the heartbeat of God; the reason for John’s cry in the wilderness to “repent!” and Jesus’ call to the Disciples to “come follow Me” and Peter’s preaching:

    Acts 2:38
    Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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