Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector who was rich. Luke 19 describes how this little guy Zacchaeus climbed up a tree to see Jesus. He was surprised when this led to a divine encounter with Jesus in his home. Everyone knew Zacchaeus was a sinner. Some knew it through personal experience that he was dishonest and a thief. Many were offended that Jesus would spend time with him in his house.
By God's love and grace this led to transformed heart. This was illustrated by what Zacchaeus did after the encounter.
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;
What is truly remarkable here is to realize what just happened. Zacchaeus did DOUBLE what the Law required. Exodus 22:7 required a thief to restore double. But in this case he did twice as much as what the Law required? Instead of just returning double he restored four times as much. Why? Here is what I have learned.
Zion was marked by 24/7/365 prayer, praise and worship. It was established by King David because He understood how critical God's abiding presence was to him, and the success of his people, his city and his nation. The road to Zion is paved through prayer, praise and worship.
A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. .... And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away. NKJV
2 Samuel 6:13-15
And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. NKJV
The trial regarding the incident with Trayvon Martin and George Zimmeran trial is truly tragic. Both families will forever be affected by this incident. Pray for them and pray for love, justice, truth and peace to reign in this nation.
We are a nation of laws with a judicial system. A process was followed in the judicial system and a verdict rendered by the jury whom both the defense and prosecution helped select. They made a decision based upon the rule of law and the evidence presented.
The tragic truth is that the court of public opinion has also been seated by the media and some ministers who seem to care less about evidence and justice and more about a cause they choose to champion. I have no doubt some sincerely have pure motives. Others do not! There are some who prostitute cases like this for personal gain skillfully using the media and group think concepts to move the masses. The consequences of such manipulation have led to racial acts of violence which is exactly like what is being supposedly condemned (Click here for one example).
The sad truth is causes can be profitable for some! For example, look how rich Al Gore became heralding "global warming".... oops.... my bad, now we call that "climate change" because the facts said otherwise. But it was very profitable for his personal fortune until truth began to take over.
How can you tell the difference between the true and the false? First, know and apply God's word. Don't submit to group think and follow the money.