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Confident or Humble?

Pharisee and the tax collectorI’m still praying for those treats and you’re going to tell me another of Jesus’ Pair a Bulls?

I’m not finished with the last one yet. There sure are a lot of bulls around here.

If I listen do I get some treats?

What!? I’ve got to listen before I can have some treats?

Oh, all right.

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To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:

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I’m confident.

Is Jesus telling this to me?

What do you mean, if I listen I’ll find out?

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Jesus said, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’”

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Wow, that guy thinks he’s pretty good.

I wonder if he’s nice to dogs.

I’m listening.

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“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’”

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I bet that guy feels bad because nobody likes tax collectors.

I’ll give him loves – if he gives me treats.

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Then Jesus said, “I tell you that this man – the tax collector – , rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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I’m the humblest dog around.

Now do I get my treats?

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Follow Me

Jesus calling MatthewHey person, did Jesus ever get that hole in the roof fixed after he healed that guy who couldn’t walk?

What? The Bible doesn’t say anything about it? How am I supposed to sleep at night if I’m worried if there’s still a hole in the roof or not?

Jesus did what?

He signed up another disciple? Didn’t he have enough already?

Did this new disciple catch a lot of fish too?

I’ll listen if there’s fish.

There’s food in the story? Okay, I’ll listen.

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In Jesus’ day the Israelites hated the Roman government that ruled over them because the Roman’s were very oppressive. They also hated the tax collectors because they were collecting taxes for the Roman government. These tax collectors were Jews who not only worked for the Roman government, but usually collected more tax than required and kept the extra for themselves.

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What does that have to do with food?

The food is coming?

I’ll listen then.

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Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth and he said to him, “Follow me.”

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Why would Jesus want someone nobody liked on his team? Wouldn’t that put him at a disadvantage?

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The food’s almost here?

I’ll listen then.

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Matthew got up and followed Jesus and then invited Jesus to dinner at his house.

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Do you think Matthew would invite me too?

I’ll listen, but do you mind if I drool while I’m listening?

I can’t help it if I drool, but if you give me a treat I might stop.

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Matthew also invited a bunch of tax collectors and “sinners” to have dinner with them. Some of the religious people called Pharisees saw this and asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

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I’d eat with them too as long as they shared their food – and gave me loves.

I am listening.

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Jesus heard the Pharisee’s question and said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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Does that mean that Jesus still loves me even when I’m getting into mischief?

Woo woo! Jesus loves me! I hope he’ll bring me some fish.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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