The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Two in the temple

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Richard Crashaw’s poetic comment on the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector:

Two went up into the Temple to pray.

Two went to pray? O rather say,
One went to brag, th’other to pray.

One stands up close, and treads on high,
Where th’other dares not send his eye.

One nearer to God’s altar trod,
The other to the altar’s God.

Quoted in Ryken, Luke (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2009), 2:255.

When we go to pray, do we have the appearance of being near to God, or do we truly come into his holy presence?

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 21 October 2011 at 21:13

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