106 Zacchaeus climbs a tree to see Jesus.

Luke 19:1–28

Why were tax collectors regarded as “sinners” (Luke 19:1–2, 7)?

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Why were tax collectors regarded as “sinners” (Luke 19:1–2, 7)?

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How did Jesus know who Zacchaeus was (Luke 19:5)?

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Why did Jesus invite himself to be a guest in Zacchaeus’s house (Luke 19:5)?

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As Zacchaeus’s guest, what did Jesus do (Luke 19:6)?

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What does Zacchaeus’s commitment to generously compensate anyone he might have defrauded say about his past behavior (Luke 19:8)?

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What made Zacchaeus a “true” son of Abraham (Luke 19:9)?

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What had Jesus done at Zacchaeus’s house to “save the lost” (Luke 19:10)?

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How well did people understand what the Kingdom of God would be (Luke 19:11)?

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What did the prince ask his servants to do while he was away (Luke 19:12–13)?

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How does the people’s rejection of the prince as king resemble Israel’s acceptance of Jesus (Luke 19:14–15)?

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Why was it important for the servants to use what they had been given (Luke 19:16–19)?

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Why didn’t the foolish servant use what he had been given (Luke 19:20–21)?

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What do you think the king would have done if the foolish servant had put his money to use and lost it all (Luke 19:22–23)?

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Why did the king take back the foolish servant’s money and give it to someone else (Luke 19:24–26)?

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What happened to those who rejected the king (Luke 19:27)?

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Zacchaeus, a very rich tax collector, was in Jericho when Jesus passed through. He wanted to see Jesus but could not because he was much too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead of the procession, climbed a fig tree, and waited for him to come his way.

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Luke 19:1–4 Zacchaeus, a very rich tax collector, was in Jericho when Jesus passed through. He wanted to see Jesus but could not, because he was much too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead of the procession, climbed a fig tree, and waited for him to come his way.
King James

Luke 19:1–4 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and saw him. “Zacchaeus, hurry down from there, for I must be a guest at your house today.”

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Luke 19:5 When Jesus came to the tree, he looked up and saw him. “Zacchaeus, hurry down from there, for I must be a guest at your house today.”
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Luke 19:5 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.

Zacchaeus scrambled down the tree and gladly welcomed Jesus.

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Luke 19:6 Zacchaeus scrambled down the tree and gladly welcomed Jesus.
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Luke 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

The people who saw what had happened complained. “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

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Luke 19:7 The people who saw what had happened complained. “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
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Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

Later, Zacchaeus stood before Jesus. “Sir, I will give half my wealth to the poor. If I have defrauded anyone, I will pay back four times the amount.”

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Luke 19:8 Later, Zacchaeus stood before Jesus. “Sir, I will give half my wealth to the poor. If I have defrauded anyone, I will pay back four times the amount.”
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Luke 19:8 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.

“Today,” Jesus said, “salvation has come to this house, because this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to find and save those who are lost.”

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Luke 19:9–10 “Today,” Jesus said, “salvation has come to this house, because this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to find and save those who are lost.”
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Luke 19:9–10 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

While the people surrounded him, listening, he gave this illustration, because they were near Jerusalem and some people thought the Kingdom of God was about to appear.

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Luke 19:11 While the people surrounded him, listening, he gave this illustration, because they were near Jerusalem and some people thought the Kingdom of God was about to appear.
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Luke 19:11 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.

“A prince went to a faraway country to be made king and then return. Before leaving, he called ten servants and gave each of them three months’ wages. ‘Take care of business until I get back,’ he said.

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Luke 19:12–13 “A prince went to a faraway country to be made king and then return. Before leaving, he called ten servants and gave each of them three months’ wages. ‘Take care of business until I get back,’ he said.
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Luke 19:12–13 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

“Citizens who hated the prince sent delegates to tell the one who would appoint him, ‘We do not want this man ruling over us.’ Nevertheless, he was made king and came home. He called his servants to find out how they had done with their money.

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Luke 19:14–15 “Citizens who hated the prince sent delegates to tell the one who would appoint him, ‘We do not want this man ruling over us.’ Nevertheless, he was made king and came home. He called his servants to find out how they had done with their money.
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Luke 19:14–15 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 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.

“The first said, ‘Sir, I have gained ten times as much with your money.’

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Luke 19:16 “The first said, ‘Sir, I have gained ten times as much with your money.’
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Luke 19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

“‘Well done,’ the king said. ‘Because you have been faithful with a small amount, I am appointing you to govern ten of my cities.’

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Luke 19:17 “‘Well done,’ the king said. ‘Because you have been faithful with a small amount, I am appointing you to govern ten of my cities.’
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Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

“The second servant said, ‘Sir, I have gained five times as much with your money.’

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Luke 19:18 “The second servant said, ‘Sir, I have gained five times as much with your money.’
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Luke 19:18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

“‘Well done,’ the king said. ‘You will govern five of my cities.’

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Luke 19:19 “‘Well done,’ the king said. ‘You will govern five of my cities.’
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Luke 19:19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

“Another servant said, ‘Sir, here is your money back. I kept it wrapped up and safe while you were gone. I was afraid to do more, because I knew how demanding you are. You get a return with no investment. You reap a harvest where you have not planted.’

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Luke 19:20–21 “Another servant said, ‘Sir, here is your money back. I kept it wrapped up and safe while you were gone. I was afraid to do more, because I knew how demanding you are. You get a return with no investment. You reap a harvest where you have not planted.’
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Luke 19:20–21 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: 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.

“The king said, ‘You worthless servant. Your own words condemn you. If you knew I was demanding, reaping where I did not plant, why didn’t you at least invest the money with a lender? Then when I returned, I could have had my investment with added interest.’

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Luke 19:22–23 “The king said, ‘You worthless servant. Your own words condemn you. If you knew I was demanding, reaping where I did not plant, why didn’t you at least invest the money with a lender? Then when I returned, I could have had my investment with added interest.’
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Luke 19:22–23 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: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

“He said to those standing nearby, ‘Take his money and give it to the one who earned ten times as much.’

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Luke 19:24 “He said to those standing nearby, ‘Take his money and give it to the one who earned ten times as much.’
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Luke 19:24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

“But they objected, saying, ‘But sir, he already has so much.’

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Luke 19:25 “But they objected, saying, ‘But sir, he already has so much.’
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Luke 19:25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

“The king said, ‘More will be given to those who use what they have. But those who don’t will lose what little they have. Now, bring those citizens who did not want me to be king and let them be executed in my presence.’”

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Luke 19:26–27 The king said, ‘More will be given to those who use what they have. But those who do not will lose what little they have. Now, bring those citizens who did not want me to be king and let them be executed in my presence.'”
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Luke 19:26–27 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. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

After saying this, Jesus left for Jerusalem.

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Luke 19:28 After saying this, Jesus left for Jerusalem.
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Luke 19:28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.