Zacchaeus, or Zaccheus (Greek: Ζακχαῖος, Zakchaios; Hebrew: זכי,”pure”,”naive”), was a main tax-collector at Jericho, cited just in the Gospel of Luke. A descendant of all Abraham, he was a good illustration of Jesus’ private, diplomatic assignment to bring salvation for those lost. Tax collectors were hated as traitors (employed by the Roman Empire, not for his or her Jewish community), and to be tainted .
As the flourishing production and export of balsam had been based in Jericho, his position would have taken both importance and riches. From the accounts, he arrived before the crowd who were later to match with Jesus, Who had been passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. He had been brief In prestige and was not able to see Jesus through the crowd (Luke 19:3). Zachaeus then raced ahead and climbed a sycamore tree combined Jesus’ path. When Jesus reached the spot he appeared in the sycamore tree (actually a sycamore-fig ficus sycomorus), Addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told me to come down, for he planned To stop by his home. The audience was shocked that Jesus, a religious Teacher/prophet, would sully himself being a guest of a sinner.