Luke 18: 9-14

(1.  Legalism is self centered: "Look what I have done.")

9       Jesus told this parable to people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and viewed others with contempt:

10    Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee (one who was dedicated to keeping every detail of Law), and the other a publican (who collected Roman taxes for a profit and was despised by the people).

11    The Pharisee stood and was prying thus to himself, God, I thank you that I am not like other people, swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this publican (tax collector).

12     I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.

13    But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was not even willing to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, God, be merciful to me, the sinner!

14    I tell you, this man went down to his justified rather than the other; for the ones who exalt themselves shall be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves shall be exalted.

On to No. 2

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