There is no new theology. Enjoyed hymn sings with extended family, many of whom are no longer with us. The old road entering the city was just a wide, dusty swath through our vineyards. Such is the impetus for this story told to an un-expecting tourist in Jericho by an imaginary onlooker from that day when Jesus came to Jericho. There’s plenty time for telling this story. He had sold himself out to the Romans and became wealthy at the expense of his own people! Many were crooked, self-enriching men. The name Zacchaeus means “righteous one or pure one.” His parents must have expected something great of him to give him that name. No need for panic…I’m harmless and you’ll probably never tell of this encounter with me to another living soul. The man formerly controlled by greed was now mastered by inexpressible, heavenly love. I think that Jesus anticipated finding the strange little man sitting up in a tree. Let me fill in the blanks, so that you get the richest meaning of God’s message in those verses. Well, on with my story. I’m sure that your tourist guide on the bus has told the story of Zacchaeus climbing a Sycamore-fig tree. Anyway, I can tell you that he should never have ran in the street, because rich well-dressed men never ran with their skirt lifted to expose their legs. I see that you brought along your Bible, so go ahead and read Luke 19:1-10. Never was there such commotion in all of Jericho!People have asked me, “Why did Zacchaeus run to climb the tree?” That’s a good question, one with many possible answers. As a Jew, somewhere in the depths of his soul he knew his Maker, and the talk of Jesus that had reached his ears had fulfilled a divine plan for the meeting at Jericho. Web Ruble writes: I am a retired newspaper reporter of some 40 years, and a couple of those years I was religion writer at The Oregonian, Oregon's largest daily. Oh, I see that I have shocked you…that usually happens to everyone I meet. Great teaching and learning resource for churches, parents and children. Did I become a member of “The Way?” I’ll tell you about that later. He fully intended to intrude into Zacchaeus’ life of pride and greed. Zacchaeus had surrendered to his Lord, Christ Jesus! How could I not? These tax collectors were allowed to keep part of the revenue for themselves. Now, let me tell you about my friend Zacchaeus. Power of Praise - Ultimate Praise & Worship - The Story Behind the Music Kyei Amoako. Let me tell you a little more about Zacchaeus. Even the size or number of cart wheels could be taxed. Praise Choruses An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. The practical understanding that many people have of this subject is that praise and worship is the first part of a church service. He rose awkwardly to his feet to stand before Jesus. He was a funny sight! I’m curious why that is. God bless you! How about that! I love to lift up the name of Jesus in what I write. I noticed you staring at that big tree, and that’s why I approached you. So much has changed in my city; my culture and yours; yet nothing has changed in the hearts of so many men. Children are taught a little song that is based on this Scripture. Maybe you have the answer. It seems to me that your generation should have all the answers for living. Your generations have had many years to read the Bible and learn about what happened in the time of Jesus and here in Jericho. Blessings by Laura Story. Well, the brochure you’re holding says that it’s the oldest city in the world. The Bible says in Psalm 22:3 that He actually lives and dwells in our praises. Written material may not be duplicated without permission. Surely the Holy Spirit was at work here. Camel caravans and donkey carts had worn deep ruts in it; making walking was a bit precarious. You’ll find that in Luke 15:1-2. Writing short stories is an amazing experience as I allow my imagination to create people, places and situations that I can share with you, the reader. They had missed the miracle occurring right before their eyes; the conversion of Zacchaeus was the fulfillment of Christ’s very purpose for coming into the world. Hard times set in on the elderly lady, and she prayed for GOD to send her some assistance. DIVINE INTRUSION AT JERICHOBy John Miller. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Bible Story Songs - Praise & Worship on AllMusic - 2003 It’s not unimportant. I’ll never forget the day that Jesus came to Jericho. I AM HAVING A HARD TIME. praise to God is a vehicle of faith which takes us into His presence and power! There was a lot of pushing and shoving. He was considered to be a cheater, turncoat and sinner; although Scripture does not say that he cheated anyone. Some people say he was merely curious. We "warm people up" with some fast songs (praise) and then we sing some mellow songs of adoration. David Sheward, "The Real Story … Yes, I was there on the hillside to hear it. Was he merely securing the best viewing post ahead of someone else? I suppose that hardened hearts were incapable of seeing the very work of God before them. In fact, I am not mentioned anywhere in the Bible. I must stay at your house today.” I remember the surprised look on Zacchaeus’ face when Jesus called him from that tree. Jesus’ divine intrusion at Jericho had great purpose; to show incomprehensible love, forgiveness and mercy. Still others didn’t seem to fully recognize that they had just witnessed a miracle. The next morning the lady went out on her porch and noted a large bag of groceries and shouted, "PRAISE THE LORD." “Which one is this Jesus that I hear talk about?” He asked excitedly, “I want to see him.” “There, at the front of the crowd,” I replied. For reasons I still don’t understand, I ran first to tell Zacchaeus. No, I’m not crazy and you’re not dreaming. These were Jews; willing contractors to the Roman authorities and allowed to collect taxes as they saw fit. I was a distant and curious follower of Jesus; just one of many faces among the crowds sitting on a hillsides. ... “Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an... Worship, Quote. The psalmist writes, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: … Did you know that your #praise and worship is very powerful and is a weapon that can unlock doors, close doors, break chains, bring healing and deliverance, cause the enemy to back up and take his hands off you, your love ones and community?. I’ll take it from there. He didn’t know what to expect but his deliberate and risky action didn’t go unnoticed by Jesus. Jesus had a way, a commanding presence about him that I’ll never forget. © Copyright 2009 Praise-and-Worship.com Since they can see your face and reactions, let’s step away from the crowd so we can speak together, in private. There seems no end of ways for you to learn what’s important. Also, (1) I’d like to share some of my short stories with you, and, (2) I hope you enjoy over 300 short stories from our Guest Writers here as well. I like to think that when I’m writing about the Lord, I’m actually worshiping Him. Writing stories about Jesus is very rewarding and brings me so much joy. What Jesus said next stunned the crowd. Praise and worship is the “gate-pass” which allows us to enter the sacredness of His glory. No one in Jericho would have known that Jesus could change the most despised man in the city to become his follower. Nowadays, you carry around little devices loaded with of electronic books. I’d like to tell you a story. Is that why he later opted to buy his acceptance among the rich? His declaration of charity; his confession of past extortion; his offer of repentance were lost on the judgmental Jews that surrounded him. I could see that in his face, and he had no word of rebuke for Zacchaeus. karaoke; videoke; praise and worship song; easy to follow lyrics; great synchronization between music and text The Jews considered the Jewish tax collectors to be robbers and thieves. Imagine that! I learned to read and count using the writings and numbers scratched into pieces of broken clay that were used by the traders and in the shops. Imagine what a follower of Christ might have said about Zacchaeus at this point: “Today, Zacchaeus has passed through the eye of a needle!” Oh yes, it was the most splendid day in Jericho! Some shops wouldn’t trade with them. Robert J. Morgan, Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories, 2003. Well, let me tell you. But then, he wasn’t welcome at those shops unless he was spending money. And as God is, so is His Word.1 It is only when we firmly trust His word that we dig deeply for its fullest meaning in our lives. If Jesus said it, then I suspect that he was making an important point. I was plain to me that Jesus was there to save his soul. I think that he already knew all about the little man in the tree. This Week at Praise & Worship: Sunday, January 10 @ 9:00 am: Sunday Morning Bible Study entitled: “Growing in God’s Word,” In-Person and on Zoom. Shock and inexpressible joy combined in his facial features, as he jumped down from the tree limb, scraping his knees on the ground. And another for those who had a bad experience with church and were complaining about it. Carts were subject to search and their contents taxed, as was the animal pulling the cart or the people riding in them. He quickly looked back to see that the old man wasn’t there either. Zacchaeus quickly closed up his booth and ran into the crowd. Thank you so much for sharing your view on that old Gospel story. He was also friends with the Romans. The following is a list of the stories I have written. Luke 19:1-10, right? Yes, I knew Jesus, at first as “Teacher,” as did most people at the time. Still, keeping the dust down was a great problem. We will warmly invite all to belong and help everyone learn His story. I pray you are blessed and enjoy them as much as I have. They wouldn’t believe you anyway. That’s what “put us on the map,” as you moderns like to say. That’s right; I told Zacchaeus that Jesus was coming but I never expected his reaction! Let’s go deep together to learn the whole story of Jesus and how He is inviting all of us to participate in His mission to restore all things! My stories were written with love, so enjoy them for what they are. The lyrics to this uplifting hymn, ironically, … Christian Short Stories By Sharon Niese . There were Gentiles in the crowd and any one of them might have climbed that tree. Clearly, he needed nothing from Zacchaeus in order to grant him the gift of love, where only despise and hate had existed. They probably overcharged him, just to get back at him for his greed. Your story had been in the praise-and-worship short story file for some time. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. Well, I’m a poor Jew, born in 4 B.C. God's Word possesses all of His might and power. Christian Short Stories By Web Ruble. You know that Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. Another for those who liked traditional worship. I knew I needed forgiveness; that I wanted what Zacchaeus had just received; that I could never live without Jesus anymore than could the new Zacchaeus. Cancel Unsubscribe. The crowd was stunned by Jesus inviting himself to the home of a sinner of Zacchaeus. Oh yes, that’s true. Although, I did hear Jesus speak of such a happening, when he told the parable of the Prodigal Son. God is eternally active. I’m really here before you. I don’t think he saw me; at least he wasn’t looking my direction. There is a lot of emphasis in churches today on praise and worship. Praise and Worship Prayers When leading worship during a church service or meeting, it can often be helpful to read an inspiring bible passage that reminds us of God's goodness and presence with us. But I was in Jericho to see Jesus enter our ancient city. Yet, his parents took the blunt of cruel jokes and ridicule from their neighbors. Children are taught a little song that is based on this Scripture. You needn’t worry about the bus leaving without you. “Look Lord,” I heard him say, as he disclaimed his sinful past and offered to make restitution for his cheating. As part of His family, we will continually reach out to the lost. Thankfully, I was mentored by students, faculty and InterVarsity staff that modeled holiness for me in a way that spurred me on, and some of the IVCF staff members who were huge in my life during those years are our closest friends even today. I decided to go back and re-read it. I saw it! Of course I knew Zacchaeus! To remedy that, Phil Christensen and Shari MacDonald offer Celebrate Jesus: The Stories Behind Your Favorite Praise and Worship … Yet his mission that day was clear. That’s true. Let me leave you with this thought. I see that your bus is loading, so you better get aboard. 5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacrifice of Praise: Stories Behind the Greatest Praise and Worship Songs of All Times Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2008 This is a terrific book for use as a devotional book or a resource book. His gratitude for saving grace had radically changed the life of the hated tax collector. Many people know the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible. It’s from the Bible. “Thank you for telling me the story,” the tourist said, he was otherwise speechless. Obviously, Jesus saw it too because something supreme happened at that moment. I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Sharon writes: "I am a housewife/writer. Did he choose friendship with the Romans who held less prejudice against him? Many people know the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible. Some there would never believe that this sinner could be saved. This was the work of God in Jesus Christ! A sacrifice of praise is choosing to praise God in our brokenness a It has three topics connected with Terry Law: his work with World Compassion Ministries; the loss of his first wife and divorce from his second; and the power of prayer and worship in his ministry and personal life. He was the Shepherd who would save the lost.It was a dry, hot day. To use your vernacular, Jesus is a game changer! I know now that it was because of his newfound seed of faith. A Spirit-guided reading of this Scripture reveals much more than does the song; the truly wonderful message of God’s love and grace poured out on mankind, in the life of Jesus Christ. It’s important that you understand his background. At the time of Christ, the Jewish nation was under taxation by the Roman Empire. Let’s walk slowly, I’m an old man. Can you imagine what alienation and hatred they suffered as a result of their son’s association with the Roman authorities as a tax collector? Next thing I see is Zacchaeus perched in this tree, his outer garment dirty and torn by the limbs. Doing all this is fine but the 30 minutes or so usually allocated to this does not constitute … I and others might have missed out on a miracle of salvation that day. Worship will help us Break through the Prison - Acts 16 Act 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. The second Tax Collector Group, known as Deputy or Under-collectors, sat at booths alongside roads, bridges and at entrances to the public buildings and the main parts of town. Disclaimer: No Copyright infringement intended, contents belong to it's rightful owner. I can see by your face that you would never entertain that thought. GOD I NEED FOOD!! You asked me earlier if I had become a member of “The Way.” Well, I did that day! "It Is Well with My Soul" by Horatio Spafford. I bet some of you are singing it in your head as you read this! Fortunately, the Holy Spirit did not let that happen. We are a prideful bunch! The Roman Tax Collector Core fell into 2 groups; The General Tax Collector who annually demanded lawful taxes for property such as farms, land and houses, individuals and, income taxes. All that was before him was the familiar surroundings seen from his favorite chair; his Bible, opened to Luke Chapter 19, rested in his lap. 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