Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, March 28th)


Luke 19 (ESV)


Jesus and Zacchaeus

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants,[a] he gave them ten minas,[b] and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant![c] Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”

The Triumphal Entry

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.


  1. Luke 19:13 Or bondservants; also verse 15
  2. Luke 19:13 mina was about three months' wages for a laborer
  3. Luke 19:17 Or bondservant; also verse 22


"all the people were hanging on his words." - the last phrase in this chapter is the same kind of attention and affection I want in my relationship with Christ and his word.

Art, I agree with what you said. I, even I, am called to serve The Lord by sharing his gospel!

Jesus cleansing the temple and stating that his “house shall be a house of prayer” reminds me that his temple is now the Holy Spirit inside me, so this is a call for hy heart to be a heart of prayer. I need to think rightly about this, and ask the Spirit to change my heart to be in line with what Christ is calling me to in this area.

I love this chapter: Our Lord is just coming through and overthrowing the legalistic system in the passage.

" And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. "

Saving the social pariahs, bringing wicked men to repentance, rebuking the Pharisees , riding in on a colt in a parade. Amidst all this, as the king rides through town He stops and weeps over the city. Such a different sort of kingship than we are familiar with.

Then cleansing the temple:
"For it is written "zeal for his Father's house consumed Him" ."

I think this passage is awesome, in the reverent use of the word.

Specifically this catches my attention today:

"But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me."

That's the state of man. He will not, and can not live under the reign of the rightful king, and has incurred wrath for his rebellion. Praying for many salvation, many who would observe the eternal throne of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The triumphal entry has always left me slightly baffled. In the triumphal entry all the people seem to recognize who Jesus is and appear to be worshipping. However, just a few days later they all want to kill Him. It just shows how fickle our hearts can be. Oh Lord, help my love for you to be strong and rooted in strong faith instead of external things which lead to a fickle love. Help it to be all about you.

In the last chapter Jesus said how hard it was for a rich man to be saved and told the disciples that the things that are impossible for men are not for God. Here in this chapter He proves it by saving a rich man, Zacchaeus. Jesus came on a seek and save mission and He is still saving people today. Hosanna!

Jesus tell us the parable of the Minas. It reminds us that God expects us to "engage in business" until He comes. That business is Gospel business. It's striving to glorify Him in all we do. It's demonstrating our love for Him in obedience. I pray that I will be diligent to do His business so that I may hear those precious words, well done good and faithful servant.

I am encouraged by the story of Zacchaeus. Most notably, Jesus proclaiming he came to, “seek and save the lost” (v. 10). Well, he did just that in the life of Zacchaeus. When he was called down from the tree he climbed we learn, “he came down and received him joyfully” (v. 6). Salvation followed! Holy God for those who may be wondering how to obtain salvation may you send your Holy Spirit upon them and reveal yourself to them. I pray for those in trees today that you call them down and into your kingdom because of their joyful acceptance of you. Give me a heart that seeks to boldly proclaim this good news!

v1-10: Jesus was observant; He noticed the curiosity of Zaccheus, having climbed a tree just to get a glimpse. I need to be on the lookout for those who are curious about the hope I have. v11-27: Father, I depend on you for my faithfulness. Please discipline me to make me more faithful with what you have given me. I also ask that you would take my feeble obedience and cause a great increase, not because I deserve it, but because I am asking and I want to see you glorified in the lives of others who are being saved in accordance with your plan. Please answer this prayer starting with the Easter service.

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