Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore fig

branches were heavy
took the weight

a chief tax collector

rich from his work for the Romans

 

Walking further out to see
Jesus who was passing through
the ancient town of Jericho
“Zacchaeus Zacchaeus
come down from that tree!”

 

Zacchaeus came down
amongst the pressing crowd
Jesus had called him down
what a sight to see
this rich man in the sycamore tree

 

“I must stay the night with Zacchaeus”
as the rich man welcomed Jesus joyfully
while the crowd murmured and complained
how can Jesus spend His time
in the house of such a sinner!

 

Zacchaeus came down from that tree
meeting Jesus surrounded by enemies
he stood in his rich garments and said Lord
half of my riches I will give to the poor
and four times any amount of my extortion

 

Salvation has come to this house

Zacchaeus

Bartimaeus

Blind beggar Bartimaeus

could hear the crowd

coming along the road

near Jericho

& he asked who was there

crying out when he heard

it was Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus Son of David!

Have mercy on me!

& many told him to be quiet

which made him yell louder

Jesus! Son of David!

Have mercy on me!

Jesus stood still &

commanded that the man

be called to Him & said

What do you want me to do?

Rabboni!

that I may receive my sight!

& immediately

he received his sight &

followed Jesus on the road

Bartimaeus