Parables are used when trying to communicate something unknown or difficult. The use of a parable allows the listener to enter into the drama themselves and evaluate how they might behave or with whom they identify.
The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is a masterful piece of storytelling as it causes all of us to react in a particular manner. Using this parable, Jesus challenges us all to examine our capacity to judge those around us.
The parable's setting is specific to a first-century Jewish audience who could have easily placed themselves into the drama.
It is set at the sacrifice (tamid) that occurred daily at 3 PM at the temple in Jerusalem. This sacrifice was significant in the faith of all Jews, whether in Israel or throughout the diaspora.
The daily afternoon sacrifice also becomes a key theme throughout Luke's Gospel and the Book of Acts.
Join me as we explore the many details of this incredible parable and how it still speaks to the deepest part of our humanity today.
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Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego.
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