Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalms 145:1-2,8-11,13-14; II Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10
America’s most famous architect, the late Frank Lloyd Wright, designed some unusual buildings. Among them is Fallingwater, a house built in the mid 1930s over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Stretching out over a thirty-foot waterfall, the structure creates the illusion that it is not built on solid ground. When it was completed, the house was an instant hit with the public, and today is a popular National Historic Landmark.
On a university campus in Florida stands another of Wright’s creations: a library with an extremely low ceiling — so low in fact that if you are six feet tall and not careful, you’ll bump your head. An architecture student once asked why Frank Lloyd Wright had designed such a building. Said her professor bluntly, “because he hated tall people.”
In Jesus’ time, “tax-collectors” appeared high on everyone’s “most hated” list. The Jews were an oppressed people, living under the Roman military occupation. They regarded their assessments more as forced tribute to the Emperor…