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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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April 18

(Luke 18:9-14 NIV) ""To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: {10} "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. {11} The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. {12} I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' {13} "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' {14} "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.""

(Matthew 23:25-28 NIV) ""Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. {26} Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. {27} "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. {28} In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.""

The word Pharisee means "separated one". The Pharisees in Christ’s day were a separate, select group who carefully kept their distance from all sinners. They were those “good people” that many often lift up as models of good and proper behavior. Today, they might be called the “pillars of the church”. But they had a major problem -- they had a pride issue. Their idea of godliness was regularly reciting the list of all the bad things they did not do. They thought their list of “don’ts” made them spiritually superior to other people. The Pharisees looked good on the outside. They excelled in externals that the public could see, but Jesus said that on the inside, they were darker than the prostitutes and the tax collectors. What a shock! Christ taught that self-righteousness and prideful goodness will separate us from God just as much as any sin of the flesh. Check your pride level today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day  

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