Day 18

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

from the reading plan

Luke 18:9-14, Luke 7:36-50

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”


Week 3: Parables about following Jesus

Many of the parables Jesus told have to do with what it means to follow Him in this life. Addressing topics from anxiety and fear, to compassion for our neighbors and commitment to the truth, Jesus uses common scenarios and familiar places to teach His disciples how to live as His people. Each parable in this week’s daily readings speaks to the Christian life in some way. Use the questions below to help you dig deeper into Jesus’ teaching.



1. What are some key differences between how the Pharisee and tax collector see the world? In what ways are you like the Pharisee in this parable? In what ways are you like the tax collector?

2. To whom does Jesus tell this parable, and what is the parable’s outcome?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. What was the audience’s response to hearing this parable? What is yours?

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  1. Kevin says:

    Day 18: 1. It could almost be called the humble and non humble. The one who asks forgiveness and the one who does not. Sometimes I say similar things like the pharisee “at least I’m not like” which is utter bs. Sometimes I beat myself up like the tax collector and don’t feel worthy toGod which is also bs but a much better position of the heart than the previous.

    2. He tells this to people who are sitting in a high horse. Mightier than thou. Jesus pours into the Pharisees that listened and invited him in. A dope opportunity for God!

    3. We are to try and glorify God in all we do, including boasting (only in the Lord) and when we are down and out. Our glory should still be his.

    4. They invited Jesus into their home to learn more. I need to continually chase God in both circumstances to be a better light to those around me.

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