Healing A Blind Beggar (18:35-43)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
Parable of the Ten Minas
Son of David, faith, glorifying
God, Zacchaeus, sinner, salvation, son of Abraham, Son of Man, seek, save,
Jerusalem, kingdom of God, minas, earned, faithful, has/does not have.
1. Like the disciples who forbid
the little children (18:15), these people might have felt that the man was not
important enough to warrant Jesus’ attention. They did not share Jesus’
compassion and concern for the needy.
2. The blind man knew that Jesus
was the “Son of David,” the Messiah. Despite his blindness, he made known to
the people that Jesus was the Messiah.
3. He believed that Jesus of
Nazareth was the Messiah, who had power and mercy to heal him. Although he was
warned to be quiet, he was persistent in his plea .
4. These words expressed Jesus’
humility. He was ready to serve the blind man’s needs.
5a. See verse 43. Notice that the
miracle and the blind man’s action led to the people’s praise.
5b. Just as the blind man loudly
proclaimed God’s glory, we should become witnesses for the Lord after we have
received His mercy. Out of our gratitude, we should become His follower to be
close to Him and serve Him.
6a. From the way he joyfully
received Jesus to his house and his response to the Lord’s salvation, we know
that his desire to see the Lord was more than out of curiosity. He was aware of
his sinful past and was hoping to receive the Lord’s forgiveness and salvation.
6b. Just as Zacchaeus was eager
to see Jesus and overcame all obstacles, we should also seek the Lord with such
persistence and urgency.
7. He ran; He climbed (4). He
made haste and received Jesus joyfully (6). Upon hearing the people’s
complaint, he stood up and promised the Lord that he would rectify his mistakes
(8). In our relationship with the Lord, we must be quick to respond to His call
and to accompany our faith with immediate actions (cf. Song 1:4; Ps 119:60).
8. They did not think that it was
right for Jesus to associate with such a notorious sinner, who became rich
through cheating and extortion.
9a. He was willing to give his
possessions to the poor and repay those he had cheated four times the amount
(the OT law required only one-fifth in addition to the full amount; cf. Lev
5:16; Num 5:7). His determination to make restitutions shows that he was
bearing fruit in keeping with repentance (Lk 3:8).
9b. Upon receiving Jesus Christ,
Zacchaeus gladly gave up his possessions to make right the wrongs he had done.
Unlike the rich ruler, his riches did not hinder him from entering God’s
kingdom, for he forsook all things for the sake of Christ.
10. Jesus looked up and saw
Zacchaeus (19:5), for He knew that Zacchaeus eagerly hoped to see Him. Then the
Lord called him and said that He must stay at his house. Zacchaeus knew that he
was the chief of sinners. Yet, of all people, he was given the privilege to
receive Jesus. The fact that the Lord chose him and stayed with him must have
touched him deeply and led him to repentance.
12a. The Lord Jesus.
12b. Followers of Christ.
12c. Those who reject Jesus as
King. They may refer specifically to the Jews who would put Jesus to death. But
they can also include everyone, both then and now, who refuse to accept Jesus
13. The Lord Jesus has received
all authority in heaven and on earth (Mt 28:18). After His ascension, he poured
out the Holy Spirit to establish the church as a spiritual kingdom in heaven
(cf. Phil 3:20; Eph 2:6). He will then return to earth one day to exercise
judgment. The term “far country” may suggest an apparent delay of the Lord’s
14a. The minas refers to the
saving grace of God, which enables us to bear fruit (Jn 15:5,8,16). Having
received God’s redemption and forgiveness, we should be faithful stewards, live
a life pleasing to the Lord and fulfilling the commission of preaching the
15. First of all, his depiction
of the master as someone who collects what he did not deposit and reap what he
did not sow is far from the truth. The master has entrusted each servant with
one mina, which afforded them the opportunity to earn more, even if the earning
came from simply collecting interest. Secondly, the servant’s action of putting
away the mina was inconsistent with his fear of the master. If he had truly
feared his master, he would have made some effort to invest the mina. But he
failed to do even the least.
16. When we make good use of the
opportunity and talent the Lord has given us to carry out the Lord’s mission,
the Lord will entrust us with even more gifts and greater responsibilities. But
if we “put away” our God-given time and ability, the Lord will take away
completely even the very opportunity to serve.
17. He gave the parable because
the people thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately (11). The
parable points out that there will be a period of seeming delay before the
coming of Christ. It serves to teach the Lord’s disciples what we must do while
we wait for His return.