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THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR – 6.7.20
June 7, 2020

THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR – 6.7.20

June 7, 2020

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To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

(Luke 18:9-14, NIV)

THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR

  • We all ourselves with others.

Lesson 1: Self-righteousness from .

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”

(Matthew 6:9-13, NIV)

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

(Luke 22:42, NIV)

Lesson #2: Self-righteousness our for .

Lesson #3: Self-righteousness us to our .

There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.

(Proverbs 16:25, CSB)

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”

(Jeremiah 17:9, NLT)

“But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

(Jeremiah 17:10, NLT)

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

(Luke 18:15-17, NIV)

  • Let God be the One to you today.

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