Episode 028 – Zacchaeus Pt 4: To Seek and To Save

The Zacchaeus story ends with Jesus stating, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” This wasn’t just a nice summary statement, but an electric proclamation that would’ve sent shockwaves through his listeners’ ears. Drawing upon two substantial prophetic books, Jesus demonstrates that he’s reclaiming the world, that he’s the fulfillment the entire biblical story, and that with extreme compassion, he’s bringing people back into the fold.

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Prior to this teaching, were you familiar with the practice of remez? Are you aware of any other stories where Jesus utilizes this strategy?
  • Teachings like this remind us of the importance of the Old Testament. How have you traditionally viewed the importance of the Old Testament? Where do you feel you need to grow the most in engaging and understanding the Old Testament?
  • Knowing what you now know, what thoughts and emotions would’ve been rattling through the hearts of minds of those who heard Jesus use phrases like “Son of Man” and “to seek and save?”
  • In what ways have you experienced Jesus pursuing you with extreme compassion?
  • How will you begin walking out the truths of this teaching over this next week?

For Further Study

  • TaNaK / Old Testament Video by The Bible Project
  • Daniel Video by The Bible Project
  • Ezekiel Video by The Bible Project
  • The Restoration of All Things – this is a 73-minute teaching I did on the entire Bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, providing the overarching narrative and for understanding what the Bible is all about. The timeline graphic that accompanies the teaching can be downloaded at the teaching link.
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  1. WJS August 14, 2018 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Good morning Brad,
    I can’t thank you enough for this series. You along with the Bible Project have brought so much clarity and enlightenment in my quest to know Jesus and understand the Bible story.


    • Brad Gray August 21, 2018 at 1:04 am - Reply

      So grateful you’re enjoying the series and TBP. That group is doing groundbreaking work!

  2. Trina Haifa August 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Lydia McGrew wrote a book called Hidden in Plain View, regarding undesigned coincidences in the gospels (ie Jesus in The Book of Luke referring to himself as son of man which connected to the Book of Daniel) The term as you explained it “Remez” describes what she explains in her book. I have messengered her this week’s video of Part 4 Zachias.

  3. Steve August 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Oh Brad, thank you for the link to The Bible Project! What a cool thing. I am a visual learner and these short videos are soooo informative! It’s like God has opened me eyes again like He did when He introduced you.

    May I suggest to all to link to The Bible Project and I pray you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks again Brad.

    • Brad Gray August 21, 2018 at 1:03 am - Reply

      You are most welcome, Steve. And I’m glad you’ve found TBP to be so helpful.

  4. Roslyn Jackson August 15, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for these teachings on Zaccaeus. So helpful to see the links back to the OT. Amazing how much we miss when reading what Jesus says as we fail to make the links. Thinking of sharing these videos with my home group in the autumn.
    I have found the material from the Bible Project a great help when studying the Bible.

  5. Roslyn Jackson August 15, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Suggestion for the future:
    Will you please do a study on Luke 16:1-18 (Parable of the Shrewd Manager) as I have always struggled to get to grips with this passage, especially why Jesus would use such an example as the basis for his teaching.
    Also Luke 19:11-27 Parable of the Ten Talents

    • Brad Gray August 21, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

      I will definitely put that on my list of possible future teachings, Roslyn. Thanks.

  6. Steve August 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I am hooked on The Bible Project! I find their manner of teaching fresh and engrossing.

    Please check out this site as I am sure you will love it too.
    God bless and thank you again Brad.

  7. Alvaro Ochoa August 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Brad! I enjoy a lot when a series is done on a book or a story of the Bible. It’s very exciting that you’re doing one on Zacchaeus. I thought this was gonna be the last episode as well. Every episode has been great. It’s amazing how you continue to unpack the story, take us through the Old Testament, and connect us back to precious teachings you’ve done (like The Restoration of All Things). May God continue using you to help us understand the Bible in its original context so that we can better apply it to our lives.

  8. Tru Jackson August 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I love how you point out the details from the old testament and teach us how Jesus was fulfilling it. I love this series.

    • Brad Gray August 21, 2018 at 12:59 am - Reply

      Thrilled you’re enjoying it, Tru. It was so much fun to put together, and I learned a ton (isn’t that always the case?!).

  9. Kay Lewis February 23, 2019 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Brad, I am part of a Couple’s Bible Study Group at our church in Ashburn, VA. We currently are covering your teaching re: The 23rd Psalm. I loved it so much and went to your website to check out others. I am currently signed up for the weekly Walking The Text series but, have been reviewing all the previous lessons. This particular series with Zacchaeus made such an impression upon me! I love your teaching style and methods. I am hooked on them! 🙂
    P.S. Hope to join you in a future trip to Israel with my husband! Blessings to you!

    • Brad Gray February 25, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      Absolutely thrilled to hear this, Kay. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Melinda Pflock June 1, 2022 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Very appreciative and thankful for The Lord miraculous connecting my family to Walking The Text Ministries. Such a huge blessing after a long season of heart wrenching circumstances and challenges

    • Brad Gray June 7, 2022 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Appreciate you sharing that, Melinda. I’m sorry it’s been such a long and difficult season for you.

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