From Pastor Perry

08/26/2013 Luke 18:9-14

Luke 18:9–14 (ESV)
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 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.”

Verse 9 sets up the parable in that Jesus is speaking to those who trust in themselves that they were righteous.  I run into these today.  They often say they are going to heaven because they are good people, they have not killed anyone, stolen anything, or broken any laws.  You can hear this in the Pharisee’s prayer:  ‘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.’  The Pharisee’s prayer is about Me, Myself, and I (or retranslated: me, me, me).  He has puffed himself up and does not see himself as a sinner.
The Tax Collector knows that he has sinned and is remorseful and repentant.  Scripture says: “13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying (praying), ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  He comes with a humbled heart.  Now Jesus says: 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.”  The Pharisee didn’t see himself as a sinner, while the tax collector knew he was a sinner and humbled himself before the Lord.

I pray: O Lord, I know I am a sinner and have sinned against you in though, word, and deed.  Forgive me of my sins and help me to turn from my sinful ways and to walk according to you ways.  Amen.

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