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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
69

Having entered Jericho he passed through.
There was a man named Zacchaeus;
he was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
He tried to see who Jesus was;
and he was not able to from the crowd,
because he was short in height.
Running ahead in front he climbed up on a sycamore tree,
so that he might see him;
for he was about to pass through that way.

As he came upon the place, looking up Jesus said to him,
"Zacchaeus, hurry, come down;
for I must stay in your house today."

So hurrying he came down and welcomed him gladly.
Everyone seeing grumbled
saying that he went to lodge with a sinful man.

Standing Zacchaeus said to the Lord, "Look, Lord,
half of my possessions I give to the poor,
and if I have extorted something from someone,
I pay back fourfold."

Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house,
because even he is a son of Abraham;
for the human son came to seek and save the lost."

As they were listening to this,
he went on to tell a parable,
because he was near Jerusalem and it seemed to them
that the sovereignty of God was about to appear at once;
therefore he said, "A certain person of noble birth,
traveling to a far country
to receive a kingdom for himself and return,
called his own servants
and gave over to them his possessions;
to one he gave five talents, and to another two,
and to another one, each according to his own ability.
He said to them, 'Do business until I come.'
Then he left home.

"But his citizens hated him,
and sent a delegation after him saying,
'We do not want this person to be king over us.'
Immediately proceeding the one receiving five talents
traded with them and gained five more;
similarly the one with two gained two more.
But the one receiving one went away
and dug into the ground and hid the silver of his lord.

"After a long time the lord returned
having received the kingdom.
He asked those servants to be called to him
to whom he had given the money,
so that he might know what business they had transacted.

"The one who received five talents
approaching brought five more talents
saying, 'Lord, you gave over five talents to me;
look, I have gained five more talents.'

"His lord said to him,
'Well done, good and faithful servant,
since with the smallest you have been faithful,
I will put you in charge of much;
you are to have authority over five cities.
Come in to the joy of your lord.'

"Approaching also the one with two talents
said, 'Lord, you gave over two talents to me;
look, I have gained two more talents.'

"His lord said to him,
'Well done, good and faithful servant,
since with the smallest you have been faithful,
I will put you in charge of much;
you are to be over two cities.
Come in to the joy of your lord.'

"Approaching also the one who received one talent
said, 'Lord, knowing you that you are a strict person,
taking what you did not put in,
and reaping what you did not sow,
and being afraid
I went away and hid your talent in the ground;
look, you have yours.'

"But his lord answered him, 'Bad and lazy servant,
out of your own mouth I will judge you.
Did you know that I am a strict person,
taking what I did not put in,
and reaping what I did not sow?
Why did you not deposit my silver at the banker's table?
And coming I would have collected it with interest.'
To those standing by he said, 'Take from him the talent
and give it to the one who has ten talents.'

"They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten talents.'

"'I tell you that to everyone having it will be given,
and he will have abundance;
but from the one not having
even what one has will be taken away from one.
Throw out the useless servant into the outer darkness;
there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
Nevertheless bring here those enemies of mine,
the ones not wanting me to be king over them,
and slaughter them in front of me.'"

Having said these things
he traveled in front going up to Jerusalem.

69. Parable of the Talents Harmony 69 * Interpretation 69
70. Jesus Enters Jerusalem on a Colt Harmony 70 * Synthesis 70 * Interpretation 70

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