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Because He, Too, Is a Son of Abraham

June 19, 2014

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Because  He, Too,  Is a Son  of Abraham

People  can have  an awful way  of rejecting  another person  for very wrong reasons.     They will judge others  based on their income,  educational background,  looks,  disabilities,  or any other challenge  in life.     Of course,  the rejected person  is fully aware  of being rejected  —  and of his inability  to change anything  that makes him rejected.     The rejected  learn  to cope,  but  hopefully  they won’t lose hope.

The truth  of all things  is that God Almighty  truly loves them,  whatever their circumstances  —  just as  He loves each  of us,  whatever our circumstances.     And,  that’s how it was  with Zaccheus,  the chief tax-gatherer.     He was rich,  but friendless.     The Jews rejected him  just because  he was a tax gatherer  for the Roman government.     It was a known fact  that many tax gatherers  took in  more taxes  than required  by the Roman government,  so they were hugely despised.     We cannot  be sure  if this  was the reason  Zaccheus was rich.

Whatever the circumstances,  Zaccheus wanted  to see Jesus,  who was widely talked about.     But,  he had the additional problem  of being short  and unable  to see through  the crowd.     Zaccheus coped  by climbing up  a sycamore tree  —  just to see.     But,  wonder  of wonders,  Jesus stopped  and looked straight up  at him.     And,  actually knowing  Zaccheus’ name,  said in  Luke 19:5,

Zaccheus,  hurry  and come down,  for today  I must stay  at your house.

Jesus knows us  that personally  also  —  and is saying  to each  of us,  “I must stay  at your house”.     Will we let Jesus  come  and stay  with us?     Others may grumble  and growl  that we are not worthy,  because we are sinners,  like Zaccheus.     Will their unrighteous grumblings  stop us  from allowing Jesus  to come   into our hearts?

With a pleading heart,  Zaccheus  said  to Jesus,  in Luke 19:8,

Behold,  Lord,  half  of my possessions  I will give  to the poor,  and  if   I have defrauded anyone  of anything,  I will give back four times  as much.

Wow!     How many  of us  dare promise  all that?     What might  that tell us  about  the true Zaccheus?     He knew  his Lord and Savior  when he saw Him.     Do we?     Have we defrauded anyone  —  and if so,  are we willing  to give back   four times  as much”?     Maybe  we are the ones  who need  to be ashamed.     Maybe  we are the ones  who don’t regard God Almighty  and our Savior,  Christ Jesus,  as highly  as we should.

Whatever  the case,  Jesus knew  the true Zaccheus.     So,  in Luke 19:9,  Jesus said  to him,

Today salvation  has come  to this house,  because he,  too,  is a son  of Abraham.

Zaccheus was righteous  by faith  —  just as Abraham  was counted righteous  by faith.     Can we  be counted  as righteous  through our faith?     Faith grows   through trusting  and loving God  for who He is.     We need  to know God  —  study His word  —  trust His word.

Joyfully trusting  God’s eternal truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for loving  even me.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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