Day 4

The Scripture

Today salvation has come to this home, because he also is a son of Abraham. – Luke 19:9

Heart Thought

There is an invisible string from you heart to your pocket book. Do you remember the story Zacchaeus in Luke 19? He was a chief tax-collector. Now in the past I have unfairly compared Zacchaeus to an IRS man or woman. That is not right or fair. The IRS are working under the rubric of American law. Zacchaeus was working outside of the rubric of law he was more like a mafia loan-shark or extortionist using Roman authority to fatten his pocket book. That is what makes Yeshua’s statement to Zacchaeus so extra-ordinary when he says to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” (Luke 19:5, TLV)

Yeshua knew people were going to wag their tongues and say, “he is making friends with a notable sinner I bet he is on Zacchaeus’ payroll.” Yeshua did not care, Yeshua was being just like His Father: compassionate, full of mercy, abounding in loving-kindness. Yeshua was giving him the treasure of fellowship, the treasure of acceptance, the treasure of honor in front of his peers when he deserved none of this. Yeshua was offering Zacchaeus a blessing, the blessing of fellowship.

Zacchaeus response to Yeshua’s offer tells us something important about who Zacchaeus thought Yeshua really was. That invisible chord that ran from his heart to his pocket book was moved and so he said to Yeshua, “Look, Master, half of my possessions I give to the poor, and if I have somehow cheated anyone, I repay four times as much!” (Luke 19:8, TLV). This is way beyond what the Torah required. The Torah requires only a 20 percent increase (Lev 6:5; Num 5:6–7) but what Zacchaeus is offering goes way beyond what the Torah requires. Some think it might have even bankrupted him personally. He is literally offering to give it all away. He does all of this simply because Yeshua blessed him with the offer of table fellowship. Yeshua befriended him and did so publically.  

When this happened Yeshua said to him, “Today salvation has come to this home, because he also is a son of Abraham.” (Luke 19:9, TLV). Zacchaeus received the blessing of the Father’s Son, the true Melchizedek that was predicted in the story of Genesis 14 (see Hebrews 7-9). He was behaving just like Abraham who blessed Melchizedek with a tenth of all he had when there was no law telling him to do so, Abraham and Zacchaeus both blessed Melchizedek apart from a command in the Torah, they went beyond the Law and that is why Yeshua could say of him, “you are a son of Abraham.” That outer act of giving was just a representation of the inner treasure he received, he was like Abraham.

Today, consider in your own heart what is the motivation for your generosity? Are you motivated because of the rules that tell you to be generous? Are you motivated because you want to appear generous? Are you motivated out of fear? Are you motivated out of greed or envy? The true motivation of our heart should be that we have been invited to have table fellowship with our new High-Priest, our Melchizedek Yeshua the Messiah. If that is our motivation then we are also truly living as children of Abraham.

Prayer

May Yeshua’s offer of table fellowship and friendship reshape the motivational structure of your heart.  Today, I pray that God opens your eyes to see the extra-ordinary offer Yeshua is offering to you. To come and fellowship with you in your home, in your heart and in your life.  May this love and grace of Yeshua restructure the motivational core of your heart that you also act like our father Abraham.

For the Feed

Today, consider in your own heart what is the motivation for your generosity? Are you motivated because of the rules that tell you to be generous? Are you motivated because you want to appear generous? Are you motivated out of fear? Are you motivated out of greed or envy? The true motivation of our heart should be that we have been invited to have table fellowship with our new High-Priest, our Melchizedek Yeshua the Messiah. If that is our motivation then we are also truly living as children of Abraham.