Thursday, 11 June 2020
Luke 18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt
This is the narrator's preface to the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. In our rush to get to the parable, we can easily miss the significance of this introduction. The parable is addressed to two types of people: those who trust in themselves that they are righteous; and those who treat others with contempt. The two groups may overlap, but there are surely folk in the former category who are not in the second and vice versa. This means that there may well be believers, folk who think they are following Jesus, who (a) trust in themselves rather than in Him and (b) treat others - those, for example, who are not believers or not good enough believers - with contempt.