The Pharisee and the Publican, Pt 1.
Scripture: Luke 18:10-14. “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.”
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What hypocrisy is seen in the house of God?!
One of the central tasks the Lord Jesus gave Himself was the pulling down of the image, the public face that the sect of the Pharisees had created for themselves.
We will start by considering something about the first man mentioned – the Pharisee.
The name. Some believe the name comes from a Hebrew word, the name of a man in the Old Testament, Phares, (Genesis 38:29) meaning to “divide,” to “make a breach.” It suits them for the Pharisees separated themselves from the common people believing themselves to be more righteous than they. They trusted in themselves, despising others, verse 9.