The story of Zacchaeus captures the message of the Gospel and the transforming power of God’s grace. Zacchaeus was not a popular person at all. As a principal tax collector, his job was to raise taxes for the Roman government. This profession was notorious for corruption.
Luke tells us that when Jesus walked under the tree, He looked up and called Zacchaeus by name. He told him to come down because He was going to his house. Jesus called Zacchaeus a son of Abraham, not because he was a Jew, but because he had faith like Abraham’s to believe that Jesus was Lord.
Simple Lessons From Zacchaeus in the Bible Lesson 1: Want to see Jesus, no matter what it takes. ( v. Lesson 2: Put your pride aside. Lesson 3: Accept His invitation and answer His call. Lesson 4: Meet Him with excitement and joy. Lesson 5: Let Him find you and change you.
Spiritual lessons The story of Zacchaeus is used by some to illustrate the saying of Jesus: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), because the name Zacchaeus means ‘pure’. Zacchaeus also becomes a contrast of character with the Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18–23).
One property of the sycamore tree , as noted earlier, is its fruitfulness and this can be taken to symbolise rejuvenation/regeneration. 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.
A sycamore tree symbolizes strength, protection, eternity, and divinity. In Egypt, it is portrayed as representation of Egyptian goddesses in the book named “Book of the Dead”. It has its reference in Bible as well.
Zacchaeus was a rich man and got that way by legal yet unsavory methods. In the Roman Empire, areas were divided up and auctioned off to tax collectors like Zacchaeus , who paid Rome a fee for the right to collect taxes in his city, Jericho. They called him a “sinner,” which is how all tax collectors were thought of.
It’s really no surprise that the crowd turns against Jesus very soon after this story. Even though Zacchaeus is arguably an awful person, it is to his credit that he wants to see Jesus, and that’s how he ends up a tree. Jesus is aware that rich people often bark up the wrong tree to seek him out.
Zacchaeus showed he was willing to change by offering half of his belongings to the poor and paying back four times as much to anyone he had cheated. This amount was what the Old Testament law demanded as a repayment for dishonesty.
He makes a commitment to give half of his possessions to the poor and to pay back four times over anyone whom he may have defrauded. In our play, Zacchaeus escorts jesus from his house to the Jerusalem road where jesus tells the parable in which a nobleman divides ten pounds among his servants (Luke 19:11-27).
Tax collectors in the Bible They worked for tax farmers. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus sympathizes with the tax collector Zacchaeus, causing outrage from the crowds that Jesus would rather be the guest of a sinner than of a more respectable or “righteous” person.