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LECTURE XCIII. LUKE XVIII. 9-14. " And he spake this parable unto
certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and
despised others: 10. Two men went up into the temple to pray; the
one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11. The Pharisee stood
and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as
other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
publican. 12. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
possess. 13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up
so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon 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 every one that
exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself
shall be exalted." This parable of the Pharisee and the publican is
another of the many admirable parables which are to be found only
in Luke; and whereas the foregoing parable inculcated importunity
in prayer, this explains the views, and spirit, and conduct, of
those worshippers who pray aright, and who are justified, or
pardoned and accepted of God. Let us consider, in the First place,
The persons to whom this parable was addressed by our Lord, for
their conviction: ?" He spake this parable unto certain who trusted
in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others."
Whether they had betrayed their sentiments by their way of speaking
or not, he knew that such sentiments lurked in the breasts of some
of his hearers, and he wisely adapted himself to this class of his
audience. So ought every Christian teacher under him, to endeavour
to accommodate his instructions to the different characters whom he
has to address, and in thus rightly dividing the word of truth,
particularly to set...
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