Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax-Collector
Passage: Luke 18:9-14
Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 18:14 (ESV)
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.
Intro: This is almost like the set-up for a bad joke …
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
What is a Pharisee? What was Jesus’ concern?
WHERE IS THERE HOPE?
What was a tax collector? What did Jesus commend?
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?
How did Jesus reveal a fork in the road?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His atoning mercy. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that He is gracious to the humble but guarantees that the proud will be humbled.
2. How have you lived proud of yourself and looking down on others? Confess your arrogance and lovelessness to Jesus, asking Him to have mercy on you, to forgive you and change your heart.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for humbling Himself to bear the costs of all your arrogance! Thank Him for loving you enough to go where no one else is willing to go, that people like us could be redeemed.
4. Who do you know that resists humility (and it may be you)? Pray for them, asking the Lord to have mercy on them and to grant them a soft heart.
5. Read 1 Peter 5:5-10. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you power to humble yourself under God’s mighty hand, trusting that in due time, He will keep His promise to you too and raise you up and establish you in Christ.
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