This week we’ll be reading, reflecting, and responding to the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector found in Luke 18:9-14.
- Read Luke 18:9-14
- This Reflection on Reality challenges our assumptions of pride and humility and offers a way of living as a Christ follower in active devotion to God.
- Read Luke 18:9
- In today’s world, who would be those who trust in themselves that they are righteous and who regard others with contempt?
- Read Luke 18:10
- With whom do you identify in this scripture: the Pharisee or the tax collector?
- Read Luke 18:11-12
- How do you show your obedience to God? Through your daily prayer and scripture reading? Through your giving? Through your service? What does it mean to say, “There, but for the grace of God, go I?”
- Read Luke 18:13
- How do you show your reverence to God? Through your daily prayer and scripture reading? Through your giving? Through your humility? What does it mean to say, “God, be merciful to me a sinner?”
Note: “God, be merciful to me a sinner” is the prayer of the person who knows he/she is not righteous. But it was also a standard element of the synagogue prayer prayed regularly by Pharisees and all who worshiped at the synagogue. The Pharisee would pray the prayer because he was righteous.
- Read Luke 18:14
- What does it mean to be justified? Are you justified?
- God’s grace is always amazing grace. When it is calculated, even as “grace to the humble,” it is no longer grace. Who goes home justified?
- Read Luke 10:36-37
- Have you ever prayed, “Thank God I’m not like that Pharisee?” Have you ever thanked God you are not like the people you named on Monday?
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