Zacchaeus: The Tree Climbing Tax Collector (15 of 18) by Ken Trivette
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Series: Getting Acquainted With People of the New Testament
1. Zacchaeus the Little Man
a) His Occupation
b) His Preoccupation
2. Zacchaeus the Lost Man
a) The Seriousness of His Lost Condition
b) The Symptoms of Lost Condition
3. Zacchaeus the Lord's Man
a) The Miracle of Salvation
b) The Manifestation of Salvation
A local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1,000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money. Many people had tried over time (weightlifters, longshoremen, etc.) but nobody could do it.
One day this scrawny little man came in, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit. In a tiny, squeaky voice, he said, ''I'd like to try the bet.'' After the laughter had died down, the bartender said okay, grabbed a lemon and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little man.
But the crowd's laughter turned to total silence as the man clenched his fist around the lemon and six drops fell into the glass. As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1,000, and asked the little man, ''What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weightlifter, or what?'' The man replied, ''I work for the IRS.''
In this study I want us to get better acquainted with a man who worked for the RRS (Rome Revenue Service). He was a tax collector by the name of Zacchaeus. He is one of the better known personalities in the New Testament. Every child in Sunday school is familiar with him. Perhaps every Sunday, somewhere around the world, the little song is sung:
Zacchaeus was a wee little man,
A wee little man was he;
He climbed up in the Sycamore tree,
For the Lord, he wanted to see.
The only place Zacchaeus is found in the New Testame ...
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