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How to Get Right with God (5 of 6)
Series: Money Matters
If you have your Bible, please turn to Malachi chapter 3, Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. I want to speak to today on this subject: How to Get Right with God.
Now one of the favorite Bible stories for many of us, for many kids, especially, is the story of the tax collector in Jericho. He was a very wealthy man. He was a chief tax collector. His name was Zacchaeus. And so many of our kids learned the little song, my kids did when they were little, about Zacchaeus. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, He looked up in the tree. And He said, Zacchaeus, you come down, for I'm going to your house today, for I'm going to your house today." I tell Quinn all the time the service just goes better when I sing. We teach our kids, and they learn that story about Zacchaeus climbing the tree. But you know what? Sometimes we forget the back end of that story.
Zacchaeus was a terrible guy. Everybody hated him in Jericho because he was a tax collector. He had no friends, other than other tax collectors, who were part of the riff-raff, and the Jews hated them because they were turncoats. They were working for the Romans, and they were bilking the people. But when Zacchaeus heard Jesus say, "You come down. I'm going to go to your house today for lunch," Zacchaeus hurried down. And the Bible says that it was either at the house or on the way that he stopped, and he said, "Lord, half my possessions I give to the poor. And if I've defrauded anyone of anything I will pay them four times as much." And Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house, for he, too, is a child of Abraham; for the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Very interesting about Zacchaeus, because when the love and grace of Jesus touched his heart, it had ...
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