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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Dan Roca, on August 30, 2020. Part of the The Parables of The Kingdom series

Main Theme:
Humble yourself before God and others; this is the road of righteousness.

Points:
1. Pride can be mistaken for humility or religious fervor (v11-12)

1. Pride can be mistaken for humility or religious fervor (v11-12)
2. When faced with your own sin, deep humility is the appropriate response (v13)

Apps:
A. How can you take a less cavalier approach to God?
B. How can you think better of others?
C. Are you grieved over your sin?

1. Pride can be mistaken for humility or religious fervor (v11-12)
2. When faced with your own sin, deep humility is the appropriate response (v13)
3. Justification and exaltation come to the humble (v14)

Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Phil 2:5b-11 (New Heart English Bible)

Apps:
D. How’s your heart when you read or post on social media?
E. How’s your heart towards your spouse, family, friends, and co-workers?

Humble yourself before God and others; this is the road of righteousness.


Luke 18:9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (ESV)


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