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Listen or Look for Faults?

Consider the nature of the people in the crowds around Jesus as He shared the parables in Luke 15.

  • Publicans: social outcasts of their day, notoriously dishonest, gathered more taxes than Rome required
  • Sinners: those who everyone knew had “missed the mark” regarding righteousness
  • Pharisees: zealots who were outwardly religious, strived to impress others, condemned others, avoided even touching sinners
  • Scribes: spent time copying scriptures, others accepted them as experts, their attitudes were similar to those of the Pharisees

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Standard of Righteousness

righteousnessThe Pharisees separated themselves from “unclean” Jews who did not practice the Law or who opposed the traditions they had established to govern their lives. Some Pharisees were sincere; however, many used their religion to gain status or wealth.

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