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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 16, 2021
Seek And Save

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 19:1-10 KJV
1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Zaccheus just wanted to able to see the man that was coming down the road with the press tightly around him, because he was short, so he climbe a sycomore tree, hoping to see Jesus. As he looked down as Jesus passed by that tree, he got a surprise for Jesus looked right up at him and called Zaccheus by name and said he was going to his house today. Zaccheus came down from the tree and received Jesus joyfully. However the crowd wanted to put a damper on the joy of Zaccheus by pointing out to Jesus this man was a sinner. It be like the royalty of any land speaking to a common peasant of any land. Who is he to speak first of all to this peasant and then to say I going to your house. Zaccheus obvious had money because when he was accused falsely he was willing to pay four fold to those accusers, deapite their mistake. He gives half to the poor. WAs those words because of those who called him a sinner, or was it because he did not want Jesus to look on him as being unworthy to have Jesus go to his house. It matters not because Jesus said he was a son of Abraham, meaning righteous and that salvation had come to his house. Jesus said the Son of man is come why to seek and save the lost. Jesus came to seek and to save that which is lost.

If you ever been poor, it not that you do not want people to visit, it often because it cost to be hospitiable in regards to food and drink. It has to do with extra cleaning supplies and so forth. The extra cost of toilet paper, paper towels and so forth. It sounds stupid but in truth poor only entertain other poor. It matters not if they know how to serve on fine china, and drink out of tea cups fit for a king. It about cost and ability to do for the wealthy. Yet many poor will feed their last loaf of bread to a wealthy person before saying I can't afford to feed you today. As my husband always says there room for one more. I brain is usually think economics. It not about not willing to share, it not desiring to be without some would say, and maybe even for health reasons. Zaccheus was a a tax collector and a man who gave even to those who accused him falsely.

Did Zaccheus repent before Jesus, no he is a child of Abraham a righteous man despite his appearance to the crowd. He righteous by faith not always deads. Sometimes cross examining scripture leads to another understanding of the old story and today, perhaps I see the crowd being snobby for thinking they were better then Zaccheus. The crowd got a picture of Zaccheus heart when he begins to tell Jesus what he does for people. Jesus says you are a son of Abraham. Meaning he is a Jew by faith in God, and man of righteousness by belief in God. Jesus said salvation had come to Zaccheus house, because Jesus told the crowd who Zaccheus was as a believer by faith. Jesus is salvation and he came to see those which are lost. Was Zaccheus lost, only in the eyes of the accusers, only in the eyes of those not understanding what salvation was truly about. Jesus seen Zaccheus, knew and called him by name. Maybe a little excited about Jesus coming to his house and not wanting the crowd would keep Jesus from coming. He confessed the work he did for others.

Dear Heavenly Father, you know us by name, you know our work and if we are your children, despite what the crowd says, or does mockingly. Help us obey you, despite how others see us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Galatians 3:6-14 KJV
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.


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