This is an excerpt from Trees of the Book by Dr. Beth Green
Sycamore trees are tall and majestic, they are known for their timber from which you can make furniture and boxes, for their edible fruit and for the beautiful canopy of shade their leaves provide in a hot and dry land. The sycamore tree is everything Zacchaeus is not.
All Zacchaeus knows is that it is worth leaning in, standing on tiptoe, doing something as undignified as climbing a tree in order to learn from the teacher. Scrambling up through the branches to get a better view perhaps Zacchaeus is hoping to see a miracle or simply to be included somehow in events beyond reach.
Dr. Beth Green is an internationally sought-after speaker, writer, and researcher. Her expertise is in religious school culture, teaching and learning. Beth is currently the Acting Dean of Tyndale University College in Toronto.