The Fig Tree – 20

This post is Day 20 in a series of studies about “The Fig Tree”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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The Fig Tree – Day 20

Luke 19:4

So Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a fig tree to see Jesus, who was coming that way.

The Thought

Many years after the Israelites had settled in their own land, the fig tree had become very common, offering shade to passers by, but on this occasion it became a high place for a short man!

The next verse tells us that Zaccheus was a tax collector, so he was working for the Romans, and was wealthy. That gives us two reasons for the people to dislike him, and not let him through to the front where he would be able to see the passers by.

But Zacchaeus was determined that day and finally climbed a tree. That in itself was a step towards humility, but maybe he thought he would be hidden in the tree.

Nobody can hide from Jesus, He sees our every hiding place!

The crowd could not understand why Jesus would want to go to His home. I suppose Zacchaeus couldn’t either, but the fact that He did had a profound effect. He looked into Jesus’ face and immediately understood his own sin! There was total conviction and an offer to put things right!


What would your reaction be if Jesus came in the flesh to your house today? Would you feel humbled, guilty, enthusiastic? He is there in the Spirit because our God is omniscient, and omnipresent. Let’s rejoice in that today.

We can learn much about Him just by reading the Bible slowly.

Many world renowned preachers and christian leaders past and present can be seen via internet today. Do you watch any of them? If not, then ask yourself why not?

Praise the Lord for the good things available now via modern technology in our own homes, and ask for His wisdom and guidance in all that you watch.

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