There is an interesting story about Zacchaeus of Jericho: When he was aged, white-headed, he spent much time in a garden which he bought in Jericho, near the Jerusalem road. Neighbors noticed there was one tree under which Zacchaeus loved to sit and which he touched almost with reverence. A passing stranger one day asked him, “Why carest thou thus for the old tree?” The aged man lifted his fading eyes, but they had a glow, and slowly came the answer: “Because from the boughs of this tree I first saw my Lord and heard His voice.”
They anxiously desire help but do not know where to find it; they start to become enemies of God, to murmur, etc. This is what is meant by Romans [4:15*]: “The law brings wrath,”82 and Romans 5[:20*], “Sin becomes greater through the law.”
Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.