This week’s podcast is on Luke 18:35-19:11, the account of Jesus’ final journey through Jericho. As Jesus approached Jericho on his way from the transfiguration at Mt. Hermon to Jerusalem for the Passover he encountered a blind man named Bartimaeus. As he left Jericho to climb through the wilderness to Jerusalem, he encountered a tax collector named Zacchaeus. One was oppressed by blindness and poverty, the other was an oppressor who was wealthy because he robbed his community.
“Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed — and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors — and they have no comforter.” (Ecclesiastes 4:1 NIV)
How does Jesus interact with the oppressed and oppressor? Is it possible to love and comfort both?
Who are the oppressed and oppressors in your life? How do you participate in God’s plan “to seek and to save the lost” in your community?
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