The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-17)

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Sunday with your kids

Lesson summary: Our confidence is in the Lord alone.

In our bible story we learned:

1. The pharisee is prideful.

2. The tax collector prays in humility.

3. Children are an example for us.

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Where is the Gospel?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

We will never be justified by the good works we do. If our body is dirty, no amount of clean clothes can make us clean. We might look clean on the outside and fool our friends, but we would still be dirty. The Pharisee was a sinner just like the tax collector. He was trusting that his good works would get him into heaven. The Bible tells us that our good works can never get us into heaven (Ephesians 2:8–9). If one trusts in good works, he will be humbled in the day of judgment. However, if we humble ourselves, confess our sin, and trust in Jesus, then through the gospel of grace, God will raise us up.

There is only one way the tax collector could walk away justified (Luke 18:14). It was because of his faith in God as his only hope for salvation. Although the parable doesn’t mention how we are saved, when the tax collector placed his hope in God’s mercy, he placed his hope in God’s Savior, Jesus, who took away his punishment when we died upon the cross.


Family Discipleship - "Minutes" in the Home

Continuing on in the New Testament, we are on week 27 which starts on page 190 in the Old Story New devotional.

Pray about it! Ask Jesus to forgive us of the Pharisee within and create in us a heart of humility and genuine love for Him.


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