At this point in the bigger story, Jesus had been traveling around and was on his way back to Jerusalem. Jesus saw Zacchaeus sitting in a sycamore tree and understood the symbolism. Zacchaeus whose name means pure, climbed up a tree, which represents the cross, and by being symbolically crucified with Christ, was able to see God (He who has seen Jesus has seen God John 14:9) The sycamore tree, climbed by Zacchaeus, was considered "unclean" because it … And Jesus did not disappoint. Zacchæus had climbed the sycamore to find a vantage-point, not to attract attention. Jesus seems to say “Zacchaeus, I know you and your circumstances. We see Zacchaeus going to great lengths to see Jesus, even climbing a tree which was rather undignified for the short government official. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. Naturally, he couldn’t have jumped on the branches! The Sycamore tree created a clear line of vision for Zaccheus. Did he ever revisit the site? Compared to the sycamore tree, with its sturdy trunk and low –spreading branches which stood tall and strong in the midst of the crowd, the people in the crowd appeared insignificant, individually and collectively. And The Lessons From The Belly Of A Fish. By going up the tree Zacchaeus got more than what he bargained for; he was requested to come down and not just to see or meet Jesus face-to-face and to host him for a meal in his house but, just like Paul on his way to Damascus, he was invited to a life-changing experience that completely transformed his mission in this world. After his conversion did Zacchaeus have any relationship with it again? Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Tree, by James Tissot. I don’t know. But take heart! Because he wanted to see Jesus, Zacchaeus climbed into a sycamore tree by the side of the road where Jesus was walking. Thanks for sharing this wonderful revelations. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to … However, Zacchaeus was too short to be noticed by him so he climbed on a sycamore fig tree to see Jesus better (Luke 19:1-4). We saw the tree through the bus window as we drove by, but it was enough to inspire my imagination! While Jesus was passing through Jericho on his final trip to Jerusalem, a large crowd gathered to see him. My Father sent me to come, to seek and save you; even if you were the only one in the world, I would still have come to die and save you. Consequently, for us to be the sycamore tree in other peoples’ lives, our spiritual trunks and branches must be very strong so that they can support the weight of the Zacchaeuses in our lives. I will guide you.” This is Christ’s message to the youth today and the youth workers/ministers are called to go to Christ and be in service with Him, and in His way, so that His kingdom may become present in this world and especially in the world of the young people. Reading it blessed my soul. Joshua’s capture of Jericho. It also gives me time to talk to the little ones about their day, welcome visitors and finish up prepping any materials (I cut the brown paper bags during this time). Going by other Gospel stories such as the ones for Batimaus and the lady who had bled for 13 years, it is a fact that Jesus had the power to spot Zacchaeus from the crowd even without the diminutive publican having to climb a tree. Zacchaeus (pure), a tax-collector near Jericho, who, being short in stature climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to obtain a sight of Jesus as he passed through that place. Zaccheus. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”. Benefits of fasting and famous quotes on fasting, A foolish war strategy? Zacchaeus was a wee little man; a wee little man was he! Zacchaeus was a physically short man. It helped him to rise above the crowd and see the Lord clearly. Since Zacchaeus was a little, short fellow, how I would like to have a picture of him shinnying up that tree! Yet Jesus offered special attention to Zacchaeus and even announced to the crowd that Zacchaeus was a blood brother. And Zacchaeus gave his money to the poor. Would his conversion have been as dramatic? In addition, unlike most trees, sycamores are highly resistant to pollution and salty soils and are also known to stand up well in stormy weather, such as strong winds and hail. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. This Man Jonah! I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Here is the story from Luke 19:1-10; “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. It is a great time to reinforce how God wants us to treat our friends. Much to his astonishment, the Lord called Zacchaeus by name, telling him to come down from the tree. As noted earlier, the sycamore tree is monstrous in appearance, tall and wide and with its leaves growing to be up to 6 inches long thus making a fully grown one to be one of the densest trees. ( Log Out /  Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. There is nothing really wrong with the sycamore tree spiritually speaking. The example of Zacchaeus, who gave away half of his goods, emphasizes the kind of open-handed generosity that characterizes those whose hearts have been transformed by the gospel. Thanks for sharing. JERUSALEM (RNS) A huge sycamore tree that some believe was climbed by Zacchaeus the tax collector to get a better view of Jesus is the centerpiece of a new tourism campaign by the Palestinian government. At the same time, just like Zaccheaus we have all compromised our character in various ways and may not be worthy to host Christ in our hearts. Where is the Zacchaeus Tree? A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. The tree…so many things about the tree and Zacchaeus are vague. Visitors travel to Jericho, about 10 km north of the Dead Sea in the Palestinian Authority lands of the West Bank to see this ancient tree. ( Log Out /  Unless otherwise indicated, individuals may post material from the Gospel Media portion of this site to another website or on a computer network for their own personal, noncommercial use. Jesus said “Today salvation has come to this house as this man too is a son of Abraham.”The story teaches several lessons. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Just, from the Hebrew Zaccai, Nehemiah 7:14, a worthy tax-gatherer at Jericho, who in order to see Christ took a position in a sycamore-tree, by which He was about to pass.The Savior drawing near and knowing his heart, called him to come down, and proposed to become his guest. Although the tree may not be the same one Zacchaeus climbed local tradition has named this Zacchaeus tree. It was on that tree that Zacchaeus was to meet Christ, acknowledge and repent his sins and also rediscover his mission in life – that of taking care of the poor. Imagine the thrill. Zacchaeus and the sycamore-fig tree had a lot in common…. Zacchaeus’ Sycamore Tree is one of the top tourist attractions in Jericho due to the role it played in a famous New Testament event. Accept my love, come down and my right hand will save you; I will wipe away all your tears and as for your sins, I will remember them no more. Are the claims by some writers that the sycamore tree still exists somewhere in Jericho factual? A sycamore tree has slick bark, and it is always a long way to the first limb. Address: 34 Kibutz Galuyot, Tel Aviv, Israel | By climbing the tree, Zaccheaus had strategically positioned himself for a life-changing encounter. Very little, if any, is said about the sycamore and this sent my brain into overdrive. Looked at in another angle, the story of Zacchaeus also presents us with an opportunity as well as a challenge to be the sycamore tree in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Zaccheus, a wealthy but short tax collector, climbed a sycamore fig tree to get a better view of Jesus through the crowds. The Bible Study Tools notes that the sycamore was a tree of great importance and with very extensive use in Egypt and Palestine and so great was its value in David’s kingdom that he had appointed a special overseer for sycamore and olive trees –  1 Chronicles 27:28. We all have sycamore trees to climb they are a part of our daily lives as a matter of fact—but every once in a while the Lord will instruct us to come down in order for us to enjoy a closer walk with Him. And of course the bonus question: given its huge trunk and Zacchaeus short stature (the mental image I have of Zacchaeus is a stout man with short legs and arms and carrying some extra weight around the mid-section) how did he manage to climb the tree? With the Lord he wanted to be. Zacchaeus had a sycamore tree to climb in order to appease his comfort level. Once we identify our trees, we shall be able to position ourselves for the encounter and be able to have a clear line of sight to see Jesus. I have overcome the world.””. The crowd was not pleased and began to talk among themselves saying that Jesus would be staying at the house of a sinner. However he was too short to see over the crowds of people. These youth ministers are especially called to emulate Jesus’ tone in His encounter with Zacchaeus. We've sent an email with a link to reset your password. Buttressed by this imposing nature of the tree and his strong desire to see Jesus, Zacchaeus’ short stature was no longer a limitation to the attainment of his goals. We are called to identify our sycamore trees in all the areas where Jesus is passing through in our lives, families, places of work, relationships and so on. Jesus saw him and asked to visit his home. Zacchaeus was rich, collected taxes for the occupying Romans and probably over-collected on occasion. Right from the creation of the world, Jesus knew Zacchaeus and therefore by the time He made His journey to Jericho, He knew that Zacchaeus’ moment of salvation was ripe. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. We can also experience the same life-changing encounter with Christ the moment we identify our sycamore and positively respond to Christ’s request to host Him in our hearts. God’s word is life giving..praise Jesus…in all his ways he is truly faithful.. And what is a sycamore’s joy or reward? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. In Jesus’ voice, Zacchaeus hears offers for love, compassion, understanding, protection and a promise. There are folk who do not see any humor in the Bible at all, but many of us find the Bible sprinkled with humorous situations. The good thing about being a sycamore is that their success is not necessarily measured in terms of the numbers of Zacchaeuses who climb them or the number of pats on the back but rather on the sound of one Zacchaeus shouting (or at least living the words) “I can see Him now. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”, But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Glory to God in the highest. Did it outlive Zacchaeus? Dr. Passy. Phone number: +972-3-5422000 | In addition we should pray for receptivity to His gentle presence so that He may help us not to be so deafened and desensitized by the world’s loud outcry that our receptivity fails to register him. The sycamore tree is a very fruitful tree and it is said that it can have as many as six crops in a year. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.\" Zacchaeus' actions reveal that his repentance and faith are genuine. On the way, he ( Luke 19:1-10) Zacchaeus was a Jew, as may be inferred from his name and from the fact that the Saviour speaks of him expressly as "a son of Abraham. The tree stands at a major intersection in Jericho. Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. Random thought on incidences, characters, events or objects in biblical stories. Really? Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. According to the New Testament gospel of Luke, Jesus came to Jericho and as he was passing a wealthy tax collector, Zacchaeus was trying to see Jesus walking through the crowd. What became of it? He came down from the sycamore tree. We started class just like every week. “Zacchaeus’ Sycamore Tree” By Scott Runyon First Baptist Church Birmingham April 14, 2019 Luke 19:1-10 Our story today comes from Luke’s writing that we call the Gospel of Luke, which is about the life of Jesus. join our Jericho, Dead Sea and the Jordan River Tour. I know your past mistakes and your anguish. Both were short and both were looked down upon as low-lifes. However, for many of us, that is all we know about Zacchaeus. There is a human tendency to wonder what He will ask of us should we meet Him – what habits and what relationships will He ask us to drop or pick? Zacchaeus, sometimes Zaccheus, or Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man, or other variations, is a traditional Christian children's song.The song recounts the story of Zacchaeus as reported in Luke 19:1–10.As the song tells of Zacchaeus's attempts to see Jesus by climbing a sycamore tree, there are a series of hand motions that accompany the song. Occupying a front row seat to witness the miracle of a Zacchaeus’ life song being re-written afresh, being so much more fun to sing; a life changed, a broken relationship restored, an injury pardoned –basically receiving an answer to the St Francis prayer “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. I also know your temptations but my love is stronger than them. This means that for us to be sycamores, we are called to be deeply rooted in the faith, love and service of Christ and God’s kingdom so that despite the many temptations and struggles of life we should rest with the knowledge that all these are temporary, as outlined in John 16:33 where Jesus informed the disciples that “In this world you will have trouble. Zacchaeus the Tax Collector climbs a sycamore tree to see Jesus then has a life-changing encounter when Jesus stops to speak to him. First, as we have already established, it was shameful for a grown man to climb a tree, yet there was Zacchaeus. In Luke 19:1-10 we can read the story of the chief tax collector Zacchaeus, who promptly accepted Jesus’ personal call to give meaning and direction to his life, even if that meant serious changes in his lifestyle. The Gospel of Luke tells us that Zacchaeus was a small man, so he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus when he passed by. Zacchaeus the Tax Collector 19 Jesus entered Jericho ( A ) and was passing through. What was its significance in this story? This is a beautiful revelation. For us to be able to achieve the rejuvenation symbolized by the sycamore tree as well as take advantage of its imposing nature, we are called to focus on the Lord and not the crowds. You may know that he was a short man who climbed up into a sycamore tree, and Jesus called him down and went to his house. ( Log Out /  … Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I know your deep desire to know me, to be my friend and to serve me so that we can walk together. Luke 19:1-10 tells how Jesus entered Jericho accompanied by crowds of well-wishes. Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore-fig tree where  he was sure to see Jesus as he went by.When Jesus reached the tree he looked up and called out to Zacchaeus by name asking him to join him. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. The rich  tax collector Zacchaeus  was there and he too wanted to get a look at this famous new spiritual leader. As noted earlier, the crowds only served to distract Zaccheaus from the attainment of his heart’s desire. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Email Address: Enter the email associated with your account in the field below and we'll email you a link to reset your password. Another important property of the sycamore tree worthy noting is its imposing nature over the crowds. From Zacchaeus experience, it’s clear that, once perched up on the tree Jesus takes over and His grace is sufficient and guides us to a life where we understand that we are nothing but stewards of any possessions or statuses in society and that we should only  “glory in the cross”. Zacchaeus’ Sycamore Tree is one of the top tourist attractions in Jericho due to the role it played in a famous New Testament event. In a Bible story Zacchaeus, who was short, climbed up into a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus as he passed. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig ( B ) tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Change ). Here is the passage: He entered Jericho and was passing through it. ( Log Out /  Blessed are the barren and breasts that never nursed! A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. However, why is this important? The tree stands at a major intersection in Jericho. After arriving at Zacchaeus' residence, he said to Jesus \"Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And as they ate some people said that Jesus was a sinner's guest. This shows us that Zacchaeus did not mind being mocked if it meant seeing Jesus. Does it matter that it was a sycamore tree or it could have been just any other tree or may be a rock? Jesus sees Zacchaeus’ interest in the emissary of G-d. On the other hand, Zacchaeus developed a strong desire to see Christ and I can only imagine his townsmen shock when they saw him go up the tree and thus affording himself a clear line of vision to see Jesus. Jesus told Zacchaeus that he would stay at his house that night. Over-Collected on occasion that song passing through it charitable life, events or objects in biblical stories, to... 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