Sunday, March 1, 2009

Luke 19:1-28 The Message bible

19:1 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho.

19:2 There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich.

19:3 He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way--he was a short man and couldn't see over the crowd.

19:4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

19:5 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home."

19:6 Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him.

19:7 Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, "What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?"

19:8 Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, "Master, I give away half my income to the poor--and if I'm caught cheating, I pay four times the damages."

19:9 Jesus said, "Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham!

19:10 For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost."

19:11 While he had their attention, and because they were getting close to Jerusalem by this time and expectation was building that God's kingdom would appear any minute, he told this story:

19:12 "There was once a man descended from a royal house who needed to make a long trip back to headquarters to get authorization for his rule and then return.

19:13 But first he called ten servants together, gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, 'Operate with this until I return.'

19:14 "But the citizens there hated him. So they sent a commission with a signed petition to oppose his rule: 'We don't want this man to rule us.'

19:15 "When he came back bringing the authorization of his rule, he called those ten servants to whom he had given the money to find out how they had done.

19:16 "The first said, 'Master, I doubled your money.'

19:17 "He said, 'Good servant! Great work! Because you've been trustworthy in this small job, I'm making you governor of ten towns.'

19:18 "The second said, 'Master, I made a fifty percent profit on your money.'

19:19 "He said, 'I'm putting you in charge of five towns.'

19:20 "The next servant said, 'Master, here's your money safe and sound. I kept it hidden in the cellar.

19:21 To tell you the truth, I was a little afraid. I know you have high standards and hate sloppiness, and don't suffer fools gladly.'

19:22 "He said, 'You're right that I don't suffer fools gladly--and you've acted the fool!

19:23 Why didn't you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?'

19:24 "Then he said to those standing there, 'Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.'

19:25 "They said, 'But Master, he already has double...'

19:26 "He said, 'That's what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.

19:27 "'As for these enemies of mine who petitioned against my rule, clear them out of here. I don't want to see their faces around here again.'"

19:28 After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem.

regards,


9 comments:

Smilingsal said...

What translation is that? I like it. Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sunday.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I read these scriptures often, they have helped me so much.

God Bless and thank-you so much for sharing this today.

Ginger

Clif said...

Good translation or paraphrase. I like it. Thanks for posting.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

WOW!! How Awesome!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! So enlightening !!
Thank you for sharing!!
Blessings,
Sue

Charlotte said...

I see others have commented on the translation. I like it too. It makes it so easy to understand. Thank you for sharing it with us today.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Shabbywears said...

I love this translation...it is so easy yo understand. Thanks for the wonderful post!jULIE

Denise said...

Such wonderful scripture.

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