Why did Zacchaes feel that he needed to pay back everything and 'reverse' his sins?
ESV - 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.
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I read somewhere that under Jewish Law, if one had someone as a guest in their home, and that someone was an honored guest, that if that someone partook of anything bought with dishonest money, it would bring great dishonor to the house and the guest. In order to save face and disgrace, he had to sell everything and pay back his debt of dishonesty.
Maybe someone with some more knowledge here can either back me up, correct me or add to bring clarity here?
This was Christ's way of telling Zacchaeus I know what you're doing and you'd better fix it before I come tonight...
⛪Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. This is a famous quote by Billy Sunday who was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century.
Another source says the quote came from G. K. Chesterton.
Jesus declared Zacchaeus righteous and that salvation had come to him because of his belief in Jesus and his response to Jesus.