Summary: My prayer reveals how I view the cross
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> - Transition In
X - Transition Out
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> X -Fiery Serpents - Num 21:34-9
> X - Thieves on the cross
- Lk 23:39-43
> X - Agrippa II - Acts 26:28
> We, either stand or fall according to our relation to the Cross.
(1) Those who "trust in themselves"—not the Lord.
(2) To those who despise others, not because of a hatred of sin, but because of an imagined moral superiority over others.
+ I. The Pharisee.
> 1. He Was a Grateful Man.
- v. 11 "I thank Thee,"
- He had much to be thankful for.
- Kept the law respected society,
- He had been saved from much outward sin.
- Restrained from beaconing of the world
> 2. He Was a Good Man.
v. 11 "not as other men."
- Pharisee suggest to us of hypocrisy
- A hypocrite is an actor—one who pretends to be something he isn’t, and knows it.
- Many profess to be what they are not, and are unaware of it
- Pharisee really thought he was a good man
- He was, according to the world’s standards.
> 3. He Was an Honest Man.
- v. 11 "not an extortioner."
- Not dishonest
- Publicans (tax-collectors) were notorious for this.
- this Pharisee was an honest in every way.
> 4. He Was a Just Man.
- v.11 "not unjust,"
- He was fair in his dealings with his fellows.
- The Golden Rule he admired and practiced. He did unto others as he wished to be done to.
> 5. He Was a Honorable Man.
- v. 11 not an adulterer,
- He had full control over his passions,
- He respected but & obeyed the law.
> 6. He Was a Disciplined Man,
- v. 12 "fasted twice in the week."
- Moses only appointed one fast in the year,- Day of Atonement,
- He improved upon the Mosaic instructions
- He had control over appetites that he was able to fast twice in every week!
> 7. He Was a Giving Man.
v. 12 "I give tithes of all that I possess."
- Moses word was the tithing of the
- fruits of the earth and the increase of the cattle,
- Pharisee could say truthfully that he gave tithes of all that he possessed.
- Pharisee was a model citizen, and what more could be expected of him ?"
- Absence of any consciousness of sin or of personal unworthiness.
- His prayer did not rise any higher than himself.
- He was grateful, but did not ask for grace,
- He had a wrong idea of sin,
- He had a wrong idea of religion.
- His idea of religion was duties to be observed and practiced.
+ II. The Publican. - v. 13
- His prayer
- Seven the perfect number
- Only seven words;
- God be merciful to me a sinner
> 1. He Viewed Himself Unworthy to Approach God.
"He stood afar off"
> ☐ - In the Court of the Gentiles.
- As a Jew had the right to the court of
- He was conscious of his sins
But, blessed be the Lord, though the
- Stood afar from God in conscious
- God did not stand afar from him. +
>2. He Confessed Himself to Be the Worst of Sinners.
> Literal Translation - God be
propitious to me—the sinner
- Latin pro “for” petere “to seek”
> From Propitiate Urgent pleading for
protection - to gain favor
> Not "a sinner" Gk as no indefinite
article, but "the sinner,”
- He recognized how revolting sin was,
- His cry was that of a soul terrified by
the horror of sin,
- And terrible punishment for it
> 3. He Knew the Only Way of Mercy is Through the Atonement of God.
- Likely he had brought his sin
- After it had been killed and offered
upon the altar
- His Prayer was that God would show
mercy through that substitute
Unite These 2 Prayers Together
1st Gratefully thanking Him for all the
restraints with which He has surrounded you with
2nd Cry for his pardon and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus