Call to Repentance I

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In today’s class, we will be talking about call to repentance. Enjoy the class!

Call to Repentance I

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Zacchaeus repented of his sin (Luke 19:1-9)

Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector and a rich man who was eager to see Jesus because heard about Jesus.

Jesus was passing along Jericho one day and because Zacchaeus was resolute to see being a short man he knew he could not see him amidst the crowd. So he climbed a sycamore tree to be able to see Jesus as he passed by the tree. When Jesus got to the sycamore tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for today I must stay at your house”.

Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house and a banquet was organized. At the party, Zacchaeus declared to Jesus that half of his goods he would give to the poor. And if he had taken anything from any man by false accusation, he would restore it fourfold. Zacchaeus, as a tax collector, used to cheat the people as was the custom then. He took excess money for himself after paying what was due to the government. This was a great sin. Jesus then said to him, “This day is salvation come to this house, for so much as he is the son of Abraham. For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”. From the story above, Jesus saw that Zacchaeus obeyed the call to repentance and that was the reason he went to his house.

The people of Nineveh repented of their sins (Jonah 3:1-10)

Nineveh was a city populated by men and women who committed sinful and wicked acts. God was displeased with them but because God loved them, he sent Jonah who was His prophet to warn them that if they refused to repent of their sins within forty days, they would be destroyed. Jonah made this announcement within the length and breadth of Nineveh for three days although he initially refused to deliver the message by fleeing to Joppa.

When Jonah had finally delivered the message, the king, the people and beasts of Nineveh put on sackcloth and sat in ashes. The king also gave a decree saying:

“Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock taste anything, let them not feed, nor drink water but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God… who can tell if God will turn and repent and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?’ The people of Nineveh turned away from their evil ways and God then forgave them.

 

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