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Our text this week that we’re focusing on comes from Luke 18 and its a parable about a Pharisee and a tax collector praying in the Temple.
The Pharisee is praying from the center and his prayer is:
“Lord, I do what I am suppose to do. I fast twice a week. I give ten percent of all my belongings back to the Temple. I pray and, Lord, I thank you that I am not like those other people: the murders, the adulterer, that tax collector.”
While the tax collector is hidden in the Temple, beating himself up, and saying:
“God, I know I am worthless sinner. Have mercy on me.”
Jesus implies that the tax collector will know God’s mercy, that those who humble themselves will be exalted, and those who exalt themselves will be humbled.
This text can be a stumbling block, and as I think about it, what I really want to say is “Don’t Do It! Its a Trap!”Because everytime we have a parable, we try to figure out exactly where we fit into that parable. Read the rest of this entry »