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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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