Jericho, about 11,000 years old, is one of the oldest cities in the world. 846 feet below sea level. Although it has an annual rainfall of only 6.4 inches, a nearby spring produces 1,000 gallons of water per minute, making the area fertile for agriculture. Its name probably means "fragrant."
Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, is very wealthy (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus loves the little guy up in the tree and says, "Zacchaeus, hurry down, for today I must stay at your house." Zacchaeus is not just tickled. Luke says that he is filled with joy and welcomes Jesus into his home. The gracious love of Jesus touches the heart of this extremely unpopular rich man and transforms his life.