Luke 19 – A little man stars on Jericho’s Got Talent

The story of Zacchaeus is much loved of Sunday School teachers and short people!  Read the passage here.  Following on from Luke 18 we see more of God’s radical inclusion – those who were outcast are included and those who thought themselves included are outcast.

One final parable – the parable of the talents with its warning message not to take God’s gifts for granted – and then we move to the start of the Passion narrative – the story of Jesus’ last week.

The colt is brought to Jesus supernaturally, and then he enters Jerusalem – an image from the prophet Zechariah, it demonstrates Jesus humility.  But on entering Jerusalem he does not head to the Roman barracks to liberate his people as the warrior messiah, but instead begins to cleanse the temple – kicking out the corrupt market stalls set up in the court of the Gentiles (the only place non-Jews were allowed to worship!)

An immediately after describing the temple as a “den of robbers” Luke leaves us in no doubt who is talking about.

47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. 

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