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.
- 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……
- Two men
- Two postures
- Two prayers
- Two results