Sunday School Outline

July 5, 2020

Luke 18: 9-14

  • And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
  • Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
  • The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
  • I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
  • And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
  • I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Verse 9 

  • Jesus was talking to certain people who…
  • Trusted in themselves – that they were righteous – despised others
  • Self-righteous: convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others:  narrow-mindedly moralistic
    • Take a minute and look up the synonyms for Self-righteous.  Too many to list! 
    • We may camp here for a while – ouch! 
    • It sure hurts when you realize that you are more like the Pharisees than you ever care to admit.  
  • Despised:  feel contempt for; to look down on with disrespect; to regard as worthless;
    • Synonyms:  hate, detest, loathe, be repelled by, not to be able to bear/stand/stomach, find intolerable, dislike, scorn, look down on, shun……

Verse 10-14

  • Two men
  • Two postures
  • Two prayers
  • Two results

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