The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax
Collector and its application to us today – humility.
Feasting on the Word:
Romans 12:3 and16
1 Peter 5:5-6
To whom did Jesus tell this parable? (Verse 9) What clue does this give
us about the meaning of the parable!
In verse 11, what was the Pharisee doing as he was praying?
What did the Pharisee say in his prayer?
In verse 13, what was the tax collector doing as he was praying? What
did the tax collector say in his prayer?
Jesus said that the tax collector went home justified before God and the
Pharisee didn’t. Discuss what Jesus said about the difference in
verse 14. Was there an attitude problem?
Discuss what it means to be humble. (admitting your faults, being
modest, accepting yourself as you really are) Discuss what it means to
be proud. (conceited, bragging, thinking too highly of yourself, thinking
you’re better than others)
How can we be humble as God expects us to be? Read
Discuss what God says about being humble in 1 Peter 5:5-6 and in
King David sinned by taking another man’s wife and having her
husband killed. Eventually, he realized he was guilty. He confessed his
sin and prayed humbly for God to forgive him, and God did. Read and
discuss David’s humble prayer in Psalms 51. A good example for us!
Family Project: Take time to work on your family project. (Refer to list.)