Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

A few weeks ago I shared a sermon by Haddon Robinson. Several of you made positive comments about his lesson so I decided to share another one today. It is a very moving message on staying poor in spirit as we acknowledge we are sinners in need of God’s mercy and grace.
Read Luke 18:9-14 to become familiar with the direction of his sermon. His message will still touch your heart even if you have to listen to it in parts throughout the day. (That’s how I listened to it.)
Now He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and began praying this in regard to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, crooked, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to raise his eyes toward heaven, but was beating his chest, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other one; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”