“Then Jesus said
To this house.
Zacchaeus was also
A son of Abraham.’”
εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι Σήμερον σωτηρία τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐγένετο, καθότι καὶ αὐτὸς υἱὸς Ἀβραάμ ἐστιν·
Luke uniquely indicated that Jesus said to Zacchaeus (εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ Ἰησοῦς) that today salvation had come to his house (ὅτι Σήμερον σωτηρία τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐγένετο) because Zacchaeus was also a son of Abraham (καθότι καὶ αὐτὸς υἱὸς Ἀβραάμ ἐστιν). Jesus said that salvation had come to the house of this tax collector, who was also Jewish, despite his official position or job. Zacchaeus was a true son of Abraham, like the other Jewish people. Nevertheless, Luke was the only synoptic with this story of Zacchaeus. Can salvation come to public sinners
Into the Temple
The other was
A tax collector.”
Ἄνθρωποι δύο ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσεύξασθαι, ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης.
Luke has Jesus tell a parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector that is only found in this gospel. Luke indicated that Jesus said that two men (Ἄνθρωποι δύο) went up into the Temple (ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν) to pray (προσεύξασθαι). One was a Pharisee (ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος). The other was a tax collector (καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης). Both of these men were well intentioned, since they went to the Temple to pray to God, a good thing. Socially, they were of two different strata. The Pharisee was a pillar of Jewish society as an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. The tax collector, on the other hand, was considered a traitor to the Jewish community, since he worked for the Roman Empire, the occupation force. These tax collectors were often compared to public sinners. The contrast was real and set out at the beginning of this story. Is there a social strata in your religious culture?
The tax collectors
Were coming near
Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες πάντες οἱ τελῶναι καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ
Luke uniquely talked about Jesus and his closeness to sinners and tax collectors, although there are indications like this elsewhere. Luke said that all the tax collectors (πάντες οἱ τελῶναι) and sinners (καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ) were coming near (Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες) to listen to Jesus (ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ). Perhaps this was an exaggeration when he said all tax collectors, but certainly quite a few. These sinners were the ones willing to listen to Jesus. Tax collectors were considered tools of the Roman authorities and linked with the public sinners as not part of the righteous social strata in Israel. Do you know any public sinners?