Worship Service 23 October 2016
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
October 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
LUKE 19:9-14
Last Will and Testament


JOEL 2:23-32;


2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8, 16-18;

LUKE 19:9-14


Luke 19:9-14     New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to your house. You are a member of Abraham’s family line. 10 The Son of Man came to look for the lost and save them.”

The Story of Three Slaves

11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus told them a story. He was near Jerusalem. The people thought that God’s kingdom was going to appear right away. 12 Jesus said, “A man from an important family went to a country far away. He went there to be made king and then return home. 13 So he sent for ten of his slaves. He gave them each about three months’ pay. ‘Put this money to work until I come back,’ he said.

14 “But those he ruled over hated him. They sent some messengers after him. They were sent to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

Pastor's Summary of Luke 18:9-14

Luke has presented Jesus telling a parable about a judge and a widow. Even the uncaring judge listens to a petition, eventually; when Christ comes again, he will hear and answer the prayers of the faithful with due alacrity. Now Jesus tells a parable to :some" who take a legalistic approach to Judaism: "they were righteous", pious. Pharisees kept the Law scrupulously-both written and aural, so they must be acceptable to God! (The unwritten law formed a protective shell round Mosaic law, reducing the chances of ever erring to the point of transgressing the real law.) Like the Pharisee in the story, they were fastidious in their observation of ritual practices: they fasted on Mondays and Thursdays, and tithed (v. 12): they were seen to be religious. But their pride in keeping the Law led them into self-righteousness ("trusted in themselves", v. 9), self-importance, and arrogance ("regarded others with contempt"). On the other hand, tax collectors were despised for collaboring with the Roman occupiers. At this point, Jesus' hearers would be cheering for the Pharisee, especially since most were followers of the Pharisaic party. The tax collector admits he is a sinner (v. 13), repents ("beating his breast") and seeks God's mercy. In v. 14, Jesus explains the example story: the tax collector goes home "justified", accepted by God, acquitted in God's court of justice, for he has recognized his need for God's mercy-but not the Pharisee. In the kingdom, roles will be reversed: God receives those who turn to him and implore his mercy; he rejects those who parade their supposed virtues. We should receive the Kingdom as a child does (v. 17).