Luke 19:2-28

Zacchaeus – Luke 19:2-10 

There was a man named Zacchaeus, who was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. Zacchaeus sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for Jesus was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw Zacchaeus.  

Jesus: Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at your house. 

Zacchaeus made haste, and came down, and received Jesus joyfully. 

All the people murmured when they saw it.

The people: Jesus has gone to be a guest of a man who is a sinner. 

Zacchaeus stood.

Zacchaeus (to 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. 

Zacchaeus is paying back even more than the law requires. Exodus 22:9 would require him to you back double as restitution. Zacchaeus is being most generous.

Jesus (to Zacchaeus): This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The Parable of the Pounds – Luke 19:11-28 

As others heard these things, Jesus spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. He called his ten servants, and delivered to each of them ten pounds. 

Nobleman: Occupy till I come. 

But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 

When he was returned, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 

First servant: Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds. 

Nobleman: Well, good servant. Because you have been faithful in a very little, you will have authority over ten cities. 

Second servant: Lord, your pound has gained five pounds. 

Nobleman: You will also be over five cities. 

Another of the ten: Lord, look, here is your pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: I feared you, because you are an austere man. You take up that which you did not lay down; you reap that which you did not sow. 

Nobleman: Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that which I did not lay down, and reaping that which I did not sow. Why then did you not give my money to the bank, that at my coming I might have received my own pound with interest? 

Nobleman (to those who stood by): Take from him the pound, and give it to him who has ten pounds. 

Those who stood by: Lord, he has ten pounds.

Nobleman: To every one who has shall be given; and from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him. But my enemies, who would not that I should reign over them, bring them here and kill them before me. 

When Jesus had spoken this parable, he walked ahead, going to Jerusalem.

Only Luke tells us about Zacchaeus and the parable of the pounds.

The parable of the pounds is often confused with the parable of the talents. If you are interested in the parable of the talents, it can be found in Matthew 25:14-30.

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