Bible Stories for Adults
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Next Week - Jesus Heals a Man Who Is Blind (Mark 10:46-52)
Bible Words to Remember:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
From Galilee (Matthew 19:1-2)
Where did Jesus go after He first left Galilee and with whom?
Matthew 3:13, 4:1
Where did Jesus go after He last left Galilee and with whom?
To Jerusalem (John 11)
What was one reason that Jesus went away from the main cities at the end of His ministry?
John 11:47-48, 53-54
Did the large crowd remain with Jesus the whole time He was in Ephraim?
When Jesus finally left for Jerusalem, did He first calm the fears of His disciples?
Just Passing Through (Luke 19:1)
Who did Jesus meet on His way to Jerusalem?
Luke 18:35, 42-43
Did it appear that Jesus intended to stay in Jericho?
Had He actually planned to stay or pass through?
Would Jesus really have intended to pass through Jericho?
Are there other examples where Jesus looked like He would pass by where He was needed?
How could Jesus just pass by someone who needs Him?
Luke 24:13, 28
The Chief of Sinners and Tax Collectors (Luke 19:2)
Jericho controlled the strategic ford of the Jordan to the ancient Eastern trade routes
Key roads from Jericho
Who was in charge of the powerful tax office in Jericho?
On main road for Jews traveling to & from Galilee (bypass around Samaria)
Strong customs and excise collection in this trade center
As such a wealthy man, how respected would Zacchaeus have been?
Matthew 5:44, 46
Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man (Luke 19:3, 4)
How well did Zacchaeus know Jesus?
What problems did Zacchaeus have to be able to see Jesus?
How earnestly did Zacchaeus want to see Jesus?
What promise had God made that fit Zacchaeus' situation?
The Savior's Call (Luke 19:5)
Was Zacchaeus able to see this Jesus like he so eagerly wanted?
Isn't it amazing that Jesus called Zacchaeus by name?
John 10:2-3, 14
Was Jesus' call to Zacchaeus just for him or also for us?
What does Jesus' call of Zacchaeus tell us about His call to us?
Zac's Answer to the Call (Luke 19:6, 8, 9)
How did Zacchaeus respond to Jesus' call?
Did Jesus expect this kind of welcome?
Did Jesus' call really change Zacchaeus' life?
What example of giving to the poor had been commanded on Mount Sinai?
What was the command for making restitution for wrongs against another?
What class of crime did Zacchaeus accept by paying back four times?
How did Jesus respond to Zacchaeus' comment?
Was Zacchaeus saved because he gave to the poor and made amends for his cheating?
Why was Zacchaeus saved?
Luke 7:48, 50
Why did Jesus say Zacchaeus was saved because he was a son of Abraham?
The Walls of Jericho (Luke 19:8-9)
Known as the oldest walled town in the world
Walls built by 8000 BC
Where were the Israelites when their wanderings officially ended and their calling began?
Where did the Israelites first receive part of the Promised Land after crossing the Jordan?
Joshua 6:1-2, 20-21
Note: Archaeologists in 1930s found double walls (12 & 6 ft thick) violently destroyed
Layers of ash & volumes of charred grain confirm destruction recorded in Joshua
What caused the walls of Jericho to tumble down?
What caused the walls of Zacchaeus' sinfulness & greed to tumble down?
Zacchaeus the Pure (Luke 19:7)
Zacchaeus is Greek form of Hebrew word for pure
How pure was Zacchaeus in the eyes of those who felt they knew about righteousness?
How did the people of Jericho feel about Jesus' outreach to Zacchaeus?
How does Zacchaeus' name become fitting when he is chosen by Jesus?
Come to Seek and Save the Lost (Luke 19:10)
Shouldn't Jesus have gone to stay with a church leader or scholar instead of a chief sinner?
What kinds of people does God count as lost sinners?
Were there other examples where Jesus sought out sinners as great as tax collectors?
How did the church leaders and scholars respond to Jesus' fellowship with this sinner?
How did Jesus respond to their complaints?
How long had Jesus' mission to save lost sinners been revealed?
The Great Banquet (Luke 14:16-24)
What parable did Jesus tell to explain why He was called to seek the sinners?
How did the chosen reply to the invitation?
What did the host do to fill his banquet hall?
What other parables did Jesus speak to point out His calling to save the lost?
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