Yak Pak Week of February 28th – March 6th

Posted: February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Our confidence is in the Lord alone.

Key Verse:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding”
Proverbs 3:5

(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 18:9-17) The Pharisee thought he was righteous by his own doing. So when he prayed he was full of pride, and thought he was better off than others. On the other hand, the tax collector knew he was a sinner, and knew he needed a savior. Our sins cannot be forgiven if we don’t accept Christ and the sacrifice he did for us. When we try to become righteous by ourselves, we fall short, because none of us is perfect. This is why Jesus said the sins of the tax collector are forgiven. What a mighty God we serve, who gives us grace and forgives us of our sins, when we accept Him

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?

We will never be justified by the good works we do. If our body is dirty, no amount of clean clothes can make us clean. We might look clean on the outside and fool our friends, but we would still be dirty. The Pharisee was a sinner just like the tax collector. He was trusting that his good works would get him into heaven. The Bible tells us that our good works can never get us into heaven (Ephesians 2:8–9). If one trusts in good works, he will be humbled in the day of judgment. However, if we humble ourselves, confess our sin, and trust in Jesus, then through the gospel of grace, God will raise us up.

There is only one way the tax collector could walk away justified (Luke 18:14). It was because of his faith in God as his only hope for salvation. Although the parable doesn’t mention how we are saved, when the tax collector placed his hope in God’s mercy, he placed his hope in God’s Savior, Jesus, who took away his punishment when we died upon the cross.


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