Someone pray, asking God to help everyone understand the passage, apply it to our lives, and to love Jesus and love others. Read Luke 19:1-10 and discuss the following.
1. Study through Luke 19:1-10 together. What stands out to you and why?
Tax Collectors were traitors. The Roman Empire had taken Israel by force; they killed their men, raped their women, and enslaved their children. Guys like Zacchaeus went to work for Rome and made a huge profit off the suffering and excessive taxation of their kinsmen, all to enable Rome to take over yet another country and repeat their domination.
2. Why do you think Zacchaeus and other Jewish Tax Collectors would be willing to betray their countrymen in order to be rich? What does this show us about the controlling power of money?
For some, money controls because it promises immediate comfort or joy. For others, money controls because it promises approval or acceptance. Still for some, money controls because it promises control or security. We need to realize these are the deep issues regarding the controlling power of money.
3. Which of these false promises of money are most tempting for you to believe? Do money and possessions seem to be fulfilling Zacchaeus?
4. What happened to Zacchaeus that made him generous? How do we see a picture of grace in this story? How is what Jesus did to Zacchaeus really a glimpse into what Jesus has done to all Christians?
5. What does Jesus means in verses 9 and 10?
“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
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