Be Merciful to MeRev. Matthew Elliott, April 28, 2019
Part of the Sunday Morning series.
This coming Lord’s Day we will be privileged to have Matthew Elliott in our pulpit. Matthew will be preaching from Luke 18:9-14, the account of our Lord’s parable of the Pharisee and the tax-collector. As you may remember, this beloved parable was told by Jesus not only to instruct His disciples concerning prayer, but also to teach them how sinners are able to stand before the Lord, despite their sins. In fact, Jesus will speak here of being “justified” before God (v. 14), and this forms the heart of the Gospel message which is developed later by Paul, most prominently in Romans.
9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV)