“Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else.” – Luke 18:9
The story Jesus goes on to tell is about two people heading to prayer.
One is a “good guy”. He has all the right beliefs. He follows the rules. He knows what is right and what is wrong. He is the person we would look at and say “that person has the blessing of God on his life.”
The other is the very embodiment of what a “bad guy” looks like. He has betrayed his faith. His people. His culture. His god. He is working for the enemy. He is cheating the “good guys”. He is open about it and it is very much his way of life since it is his source of income.
We, like the “good guy”, believe we should be pleased not to be like this person.
And yet …
The twist is scandalous, but shouldn’t come as a shock if you paid attention to the reason why Jesus told the parable.
“Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else.”
I’ll just leave that there …
(I’m glad I don’t act like those people who are confident in their own righteousness and look down on everyone else … aw man, I just did the same thing!)