The goal is to review Jesus' journey chronologically, keeping in mind the background of his heritage (both human & divine) as well as the unique witness and viewpoint of the authors describing the scene. Then to share what we've learned/discovered. To do this, I have included below a map of the general area where his... Continue Reading →
God draws Jesus to this tree, reminding him with the lack of fruit on this fig-tree, of the parable he himself told the people just a few months ago. It is time, to till up the ground and plant a new tree.
But then sometimes we sin the same and apologize for the same sin, again and again, until eventually we get tired of feeling judged and stop apologizing altogether, ignoring the little voice reminding us.
Nonetheless, his Father hears Jesus' fear and sees his need for confirmation and so He responds directly to His son, in a way that empowers him and enriches those whose hearts belong to him.
Being a Jewish male, he had access to the innermost court but he goes where the most desperate hearts have access to him.
But perhaps God has a plan that doesn't necessarily involve meeting my expectations. And perhaps I need to be good with that.
Is the sacrifice of something valuable for the purpose of honouring God, mean this value is lost? Wasted?
This is what we today would call a clock-puncher ( I think). Someone that shows up to work to clock-in and then does absolutely nothing while the boss is away, until it's time to clock-out.
Up in the tree, Zacchaeus thought himself safe, able to observe without getting involved. Jesus is having none of that.