DINING WITH THE HATED— Luke 5:27-32
HATED GROUP OF PEOPLE
In Jesus’ time, tax collectors were pretty much hated by the people.
These were Jews who were taking advantage by collecting Rome’s taxes plus a surcharge to line their own pockets
THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE DISADVANTAGED
TAX COLLECTOR. The Gk. word telōnēs (av ‘publican’) means a collector of tax or custom on behalf of the Romans
The system was very open to abuse, and the publicani seem to have been prone to extortion and malpractice from the very beginning
Lk. 19:2 seems to imply that Zacchaeus was the contractor for the whole of the taxes of Jericho and had collectors under him
WHEN SINNERS REPENT
UP TO HALF MY KINGDOM I WILL GIVE
I WILL REPAID 4 TIMES OVER - WOW!