Sunday School Lesson

Luke 18:9-14

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Questions:

Pre-Text Discussion Questions:

-What is a parable?

-What are words in here that you don’t quite understand?  What is fasting? What does it mean to be justified (in a normal day-to-day situation)?

Text Questions

  1. At first glance, what do you think the main theme of the parable is? What is the big idea here?
    1. How do you know this?
  2. Based on the information in the text,  what kind of man is the Pharisee?
    1. Where in the text?
  3. Based on the information in the text,  what kind of man is the tax collector? V. 11 could be translated, “standing about himself”.  Why is the Pharisee standing “by himself” or “about himself”
    1. Where in the text?
  4. What does it mean to be righteous?
  5. What is the Pharisee’s standard of righteousness? Who does he compare himself to? 
  6. What else has the Pharisee accomplished?Why is the tax collector “standing far off”?
    1. How are we like this Pharisee in our lives?  School? Athletics? Music? Work?
  7. What is the tax collector’s standard of righteous? Who does he compare himself to?
    1. Think about this for a second: Who do you normally associate yourself with in this story?  Most of the time, we think we are the tax collector, but the truth is, we are the pharisee most of the time.  Why do you think that is?
  8. V. 13 could be translated “God, make atonement for me.”  What is atonement?  According to this, what does the tax collector think he brings to the table?
  9. What does the Pharisee think he brings to the table?
  10. When you pray to God, what are you bringing to the table?  Does this reflect your prayers?  
  11. Why is the tax collector justified and the Pharisee not?  Why is the tax collector’s prayer accepted and the Pharisee’s not? 
  12. What is the main theme of the parable?
  13. What is one thing you can apply to your life right away from this text?

This is the base of the lesson we went over yesterday during the Sunday School hour.  

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