Episode 029 – Zacchaeus Pt 5: The Amos Backdrop
Key Passage(s): Amos 7:1-8, 17; Amos 9:14
Who cares that it was a sycamore fig-tree that Zacchaeus climbed? Of all the details Luke could’ve included, why this one? Could it be the key for unlocking a substantial element to the story that is often overlooked? I believe so. And what it unlocks will push us all to think deeper and harder about how we live out the biblical concepts of justice and righteousness, and why the entire book of Amos addresses these issues and appears to ultimately inform Zacchaeus’s response. It was these connections that originally gripped by attention towards the Zacchaeus story, and I believe they will grip you as well.
- What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What was most the most helpful thing you learned about justice and righteousness?
- How have you traditionally understood “righteousness,” and how did this teaching help or challenge you to think differently about it?
- What connections are you making to other stories in the Bible after being tipped off to the concepts of justice and righteousness?
- Where are you being challenged in how you help and interact with the poor and needy?
- How can you begin walking out these truths in the days and weeks to come?
For Further Study
- Amos Video by The Bible Project
- Justice Video by The Bible Project
- Who Cares That it Was a Sycamore? Climbing Trees and Playing on Words in Luke 19.1-10 by J. Lee Magness