THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, January 18, 2019
Theme : The Great Shepherd
Topic : The King and the Poor
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
God establishes thrones in order to defend the poor and defenceless. Zacchaeus spoke like a king when he promised to share his goods with the poor. He was the chief tax collector in Jericho, a place noted to the cultivation and export of balsam (various pleasantly scented plants).
Zacchaeus made a lot of money from the balsam trade - some through greed and fraud, but after his encounter with Jesus Christ, when God touched his heart, he was moved with kingly compassion to share his goods with others. Zacchaeus was “enthroned” as a chief tax collector and was accordingly empowered to change the situation of those who were poor.
It is the task of kings to seek the welfare of the poor. Daniel admonished King Nebuchadnezzar to show mercy to the poor so that the days of his peace will increase (Daniel 4:26-27). A surviving member of Saul’s family, Jonathan’s son called Mephibosheth was the beneficiary of King David’s generosity (2 Samuel 9:1-8). The Bible says the king judges the poor fairly (Proverbs 29:14). It should be our kingly purpose to seek the welfare of the poor.
1. Pray for believers to have the heart of compassion towards the poor.
2. Pray for believers to have the hands of possession to give to the poor.
“Zacchaeus – Encounter with Jesus Christ” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)