Summary: Zacchaeus, son of Jambri, was a wealthy tax collector who lived in the
town of Jericho (Y:32:1). Hearing that Yeshua had come to the city, Zacchaeus sought
to get a glimpse of the Nazarene as he passed in the street. Being short in stature
and unable to press through the large crowd, Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree in
order to see Yeshua passing by (Y:32:1-4).
When Yeshua saw Zacchaeus in the tree, he called to him saying: “Come down Zacchaeus
and make haste, for this day would I abide in your house” (Y:32:5). Zacchaeus climbed
down and glad received Yeshua, but the scribes and Pharisees were offended that Yeshua
would commune with a “sinner” like Zacchaeus. This prompted Yeshua to teach on love
and compassion, offering to the crowd the parable of the Prodigal Son (Y:32:6-33).
Upon completing the parable, Yeshua turned to Zacchaeus saying:
For as much as this man is a son of Abraham, even he shall receive from the Father
the blessings which come from above.
For I came to seek and to save that which was lost, and to restore unto life that
which has perished away.
While Yeshua was teaching at the home of Zacchaeus, a servant of Herod Antipas rushed
to Jerusalem, where Herod was offering sacrifice for the Passover. Hearing that Yeshua
was in Jericho, Herod left his offering at the altar and rushed to Jericho hoping
to speak privately with Yeshua (Y:32:59-61). When Herod arrived at the house of Zacchaeus
demanding to speak with Yeshua, he was told that earlier while Yeshua was teaching
there came upon him a deep stillness, after which he gathered his disciples and departed
into the wilderness (Y:32:62-65).