Jesus Walked Through Jericho

April 14, 2019: Luke 19; John 12.

We are reading about Jesus’ last week before His death. He’s traveling to Jerusalem. He chose to walk through Jericho.

Luke 19:1, “Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho.” The Message

Jericho was the first city the Israelites conquered in the Promised Land. They marched around the walls 7 times. Each day they marched silently. But after the seventh time, they shouted and the walls came tumbling down.

Jericho was cursed, (see Joshua 6:26). The man who rebuilt the wall would lose his firstborn son when he started. He would lose his youngest son when he finished. That is exactly what happened in 1 Kings 16:34.

Why did Jesus walk through a cursed city? He was looking for Zaccheus.

Zaccheus was also looking for Jesus. He chose to climb a Sycamore tree to see Him.

Luke 19:4, “So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.” The Message

* * * * * * *

“Sycamore tree…this tree was easily destroyed by frost (Psalms 78:47), …it is found mostly in the ‘vale’ (1 Kings 10:27; 2 Chronicles 1:15)…the ‘low country,’ the shephalah, where the climate is mild. Amos 7:14 refers to its fruit, which is of an inferior character;…(Jeremiah 24:2)….”

Zaccheus chose a tree that only survived in a mild climate – a frost could kill it. Its fruit was of an inferior character. He was ashamed of cheating to become rich, see v. 8.

Jesus looked for him anyway. Jesus is looking for you!

  • No matter where you live.
  • No matter what has happened.
  • No matter if you always took the easy way.
  • No matter if your character is inferior.
  • No matter what you’ve done.

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” The Message

©2009-2019 All Rights Reserved.

Good Living Will Pay Off

April 13, 2019: Isaiah 1-4.

She wondered about his legs. After all, the man is almost 6′ 3″ and there’s not a lot of leg room in a passenger van.

She wondered about the long drive. They weren’t 20 anymore. The bathroom stops came more often. There would only be one stop on this trip.

But he was excited. He gave her a peck on the lips and grabbed his duffel bag. She backed out of the parking space and headed to the library. She got a couple of movies and a pile of books.

She spent the time he was away shopping in three towns. She found a new boutique in one town. And promised herself she would return to the antique shop in another.

She wondered why he didn’t call when he said they would return. He called an hour and a half later. They stopped to eat. It would be another hour.

When she finally picked him up, he was in a talkative mood.

“I didn’t have to buy supper!”

“Who bought it?”

“The Senior Pastor.”

“Did he buy everyone’s supper?”

“No, just mine because I rode in the back of the van both times. I was alone on the way home. I worked on the words for those 2 new songs I am learning for Easter services.”

Isaiah 3:10, “Reassure the righteous that their good living will pay off.” The Message

©2009-2019 All Rights Reserved.