On July 1st, Tim Reardon talked about Luke 18:18-30 and Luke 19:1-10 — and the difference in how a rich ruler approached Jesus in comparison to the story of Zacchaeus.
What did it mean to be a wealthy ruler in Jesus’ time? How did this differ from Zacchaeus, in spite of his wealth? Zacchaeus was “small in stature” — likely more a reference to his status than his height. What is the focus of each? How does Jesus receive each of them, and why? Who do we identify with?
What kind of access or barriers do we in our culture experience? Who and what are valued in our society? What are our values? How do we view poverty? Who are the poor? How does our language in characterizing ourselves impact our community? And who do we think needs saving? How do we move together toward a more apt version of God’s kingdom?
Here it in more detail here:
For convenience sake, there is also a podcast available. You can find that here.