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Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector

A Pharisee and Tax Collector pray in the Temple.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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Jesus was with some proud people who thought God was impressed with their good deeds and the way they lived. So Jesus told them this parable … – Slide 1
‘Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. – Slide 2
‘The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: “I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. – Slide 3
‘“I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.” – Slide 4
‘But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.”’ – Slide 5
Jesus then explained, ‘It was the Tax Collector not the Pharisee who returned home in the right relationship with God. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.' – Slide 6
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