by Rex Yancey

Rex Yancey
Luke 19:1-2

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
As the Savior passed him by
He looked up in the tree
And he said, Zacchaeus, you come down from there;
For I'm going to your house today,
For I'm going to your house today

I wonder if any one noticed him. You don't see grown men climbing trees every day. You expect children to climb trees. But there he was in his good clothes, trying to scramble up a tree.


Zacchaeus was one of life's invisible people. It is not easy being short. He had probably heard all the short jokes in his day. ''Zacchaeus, you ought to be a Rabbi. At least your sermons would be short!'' Or, ''I feel sorry for short people. When it rains they are the last to know.''

I have a preacher friend on the Gulf Coast who is 6'7. He had a friend that would always ask him ''How's the weather up there!'' He got tired of it once and spit on his head. He said, ''It is raining!''

Zacchaeus may have told his own short jokes so he could pretend they didn't hurt. Zacchaeus couldn't make himself taller. He did the only thing he could do. He compensated. He vowed he would be smarter, richer, and meaner, if need be than anybody else.

He was little in stature. Jews were by nature not very tall. However, for him to be pointed out this way, he was probably less than five feet tall. He would have made a good short stop. He probably loved strawberry short cake.

-But we need to remember in a spiritual sense, all of us are of little stature, ''For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.''

1. His occupation

He was a tax collector. In fact, he was the chief tax collector. He was over his district in Jericho.

Publicans were Jews working for the Roman Government. They often lined their own pockets. Luke 3: 12-13, ''Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall ...

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