Daily Archives: September 18, 2022

THE TAX MAN UP A TREE

On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus comes to the oasis town of Jericho, a thriving city known for its year-round fruits and vegetables. He has about another 20 miles to go, a full day’s walk. Zacchaeus lives in this crossroads town near what is now Israel’s eastern border, a few miles from the Jordan River. He’s in charge of collecting taxes throughout the region, including trolls for produce and other goods shuttled in or out of the city.

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SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (JONAH 4:1-11)

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

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DEFINITION OF THE DAY (MUTENESS)

Inability to speak. In the OT muteness is traced to God (Exod 4:11). God made Ezekiel mute (Ezek 3:26) in response to Israel’s failure to listen to his message. Later He restored Ezekiel’s speech (24:27; 33:22) as a sign of the people’s receptiveness to hear. Daniel became speechless in response to the appearance of a heavenly messenger (Dan 10:15).

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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR GOD TO HATE PEOPLE FOREVER?

It is possible if a people rebel against God and abuse His law. The Edomites had a long history of “hands-off” anything associated with God’s people or true worship. Edomites had grown stubborn, intransigent, and self-willed, never relaxing their guard against the truth. The hate God expresses to such people is not a general hatred of people, for that would contradict

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