Pharisee and Tax Collector

By Rick Bayer, March 20, 2022

Luke 18:9-14

9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone 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 by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—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 all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

: “the good guy”

: “the bad guy”

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

: The One who justifies

Questions for Discipleship Group and/or personal study:


  • When you were in high school, what did it take to be part of the “in crowd”?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Luke 18:9-14.
  • When have acted like a tax collector? A Pharisee?
  • What prevents you from getting to the end of yourself and admitting that you are dead?

Live it out:

  • What difference did God’s grace make in your life today? This week?