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Conversion of Zaccheus.

Conversion of Zaccheus.

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CONVERSION OF ZACCHEUS.



LUKE XIX. 5, 6.

AND WHEN JESUS CAME TO THE PLACE, HE LOOKED UP, AND SAW HIM, AND
SAID UNTO HIM, ZACCHEUS, MAKE HASTE, AND COME DOWN; FOR TO-DAY
I MUST ABIDE AT THY HOUSE. AND HE MADE HASTE, AND CAME DOWN, AND
RECEIVED HIM JOYFULLY.


CONVERSION OF ZACCHEUS.



LUKE XIX. 5, 6.

AND WHEN JESUS CAME TO THE PLACE, HE LOOKED UP, AND SAW HIM, AND
SAID UNTO HIM, ZACCHEUS, MAKE HASTE, AND COME DOWN; FOR TO-DAY
I MUST ABIDE AT THY HOUSE. AND HE MADE HASTE, AND CAME DOWN, AND
RECEIVED HIM JOYFULLY.

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CONVERSION OF ZACCHEUS. BY NEHEMIAH ADAMS, D. D.,LUKE XIX. 5, 6. AND WHEN JESUS CAME TO THE PLACE, HE LOOKED UP, AND SAW HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, ZACCHEUS, MAKE HASTE, AND COME DOWN; FOR TO-DAY I MUST ABIDE AT THY HOUSE. AND HE MADE HASTE, AND CAME DOWN, AND RECEIVED HIM JOYFULLY. The conversion of Zaccheus affords a striking il-lustration of the kindness of Christ as a Friend of sinners. The man before us was the chief among the pub-licans. Of these there were two classes; one, an order of knights, respectable, and generally mentioned with honor. The other class were deputy assessors and collectors. They gave their bonds for a certain sum, and then, in many cases, enriched themselves by unjust exactions. A publican of this class was there-fore odious, and the name was a proverb. Christ himself used the name in that manner : " Let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican." Theoc-ritus, a poet, being asked which was the most cruel
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(74) CONVERSION OF ZACCHEUS. 75 of beasts, said, " Of the beasts of the wilderness, the  bear and the lion, and of the beasts of the city, the  publican and the parasite," or the designing flatterer. These publicans were for the most part foreigners. When a Jew became a publican, he was, of course, looked upon as a vile traitor, and was so abhorred that he was not permitted to enter the temple or engage in public prayers, and his testimony was not admitted in courts of justice.  Now, the man mentioned in the text, as we learn from the feelings of the people when they saw Christ enter his house, was one of these publicans, the prin-cipal of the extortioners ; men knew him, perhaps, as the Shylock of Jericho ; " and he was rich." In his  personal appearance, it seems, he was below the com-mon stature. Great talents at financiering have not
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unfrequently been associated with smallness of size, so that painters and poets have connected the two things together. If he were mean and wicked, his inferior  personal appearance must have made him an object of contempt. But besides this, he was a Jew ; not a foreigner plundering strangers, but one of their own countrymen hiring himself to their Roman masters, and making use of his office to oppress the Jews, his countrymen, and enrich himself. So that, all things considered, we shall not err if we suppose him to have  been an odious character ; a little, brisk, shrewd, cruel Jew, rich in ill-gotten treasures, and small as he was. 76 CHRIST A FRIEND.  bearing sway among the herd of pubHcans through his intriguing manners, or the influence of his su- perior wealth. This man had a desire to see Christ. " He sought to see Jesus, who he was." As Christ entered and  passed through Jericho with a crowd of people around
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