Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12 ESV)
The Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14)
“Two men went up to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
- What did the Pharisees do? The Tax collector? How was the tax collector different from the Pharisee?
- What kind of attitude did the Pharisee have? What kind of attitude did the tax collector have? Who has a humble heart and a proud heart?
- Who is more sincere in praying? Which of these two prayers do you think was pleasing to God?
- Who do you think went away forgiven and “right with God”?
- Are there times when you are tempted to act like a Pharisee and be the judge of another person?