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The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (also called the publican) is a surprising story full of plot twists and rich spiritual truths. The meaning of Luke 18:9-14 is one that we shouldn’t ignore.
The problem is we often miss the shocking nature of this parable because it’s become so commonplace. We tend to immediately associate the Pharisees with self-righteous hypocrites and tax collectors as the model of righteous.
But in Jesus’ day it was reversed. It was the Pharisees who were the models of righteous and the tax collectors who epitomized sinners. When Jesus told this parable it was a shock to his audience and surely made a lasting impact.
Let’s take a fresh look at the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector and see how the…