Another man stands by himself. He prays to God. He tithes. He fasts two times each week. He is not like others. He is not an extortioner; he is not unjust; he is not an adulterer; he is not a tax collector. He knows the Law of Moses. He is grateful and proud not to be like others.
Jesus says, “Do not judge by appearances, but make a right judgment.” (John 7: 24)
Jesus asks, “What do you think?” He tells the story of the man with two sons. The first son, when asked to work in the vineyard, says that he will. But he fails to go to the vineyard that day. The second son, when asked to work in the vineyard, says that he will not. Afterward he has a change of heart, and goes to work.”Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Matthew 21: 28, 31)
“Truly I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.” (Matthew 21: 31)
Why? Because you hear the way of righteousness and do not believe, says Jesus. Now you see the way of righteousness and still you do not believe. But the tax collectors and the prostitutes believe when hearing.
“Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe.”(John 20: 29)