The Parable of Humility
Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Verse 12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
I. The parable is given in verse 8-10.
A. It is very apparent why Christ gave this parable.
1. The people invited to the wedding (or other activity) used that activity to boost their status in the gathering.
2. It seemed to be a common thing for the one giving the activity to seat people in the order of importance.
3. It seemed to be a common thing for these people to challenge each other for the most important seats.
4. This is a most shameful practice and was condemned by Christ.
B. The lesson Christ intended to teach is given is in verse 11.
1. The heart that is full of pride shall be brought low.
2. James 4:6 - But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
C. God's children need to understand why we are on this earth.
1. We are not here to see who is the most important.
a) Matt. 18:1 - The disciples try to figure out who is the greatest in the kingdom of God.
(1) Christ instructed them to be converted (have their minds changed - to be progressively sanctified).
(2) Disciples must become little children in trust.
b) Mark 10:42 - The Gentiles have rulers which exercise lordship over others.
(1) It is not to be this way in the kingdom of God.
(2) The chiefest is supposed to be the servant of all.
(3) Many churches operate under the worldly principle of people over people.
(4) Many, truly dedicated Christians forget that God is over us all, that we are supposed to be examples to each other.
c) I Peter 5:5 - Pastors sometimes have other pastors who rule over them, but his is not God's plan, nor desire. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
(1) Preachers are not supposed to have other preachers over them.
(2) Christ is supposed to be over all preachers.
(3) And He will be over all His true preachers.
2. We are here to be an example to others.
a) John 13:1-17 - Jesus washed his disciples feet as an example of true strength and power.
b) The person who has truth doesn't need to get excited when somebody disagrees with him.
c) He needs to understand people aren't disagreeing with him, but with the truth.
d) The truth isn't going to change, regardless of what is said, or who says it.
II. See Matt. 23:6. It is very important to understand that Christ never wanted His disciples to treat anybody bad. He was much more interested in them following His Word than anything else.
A. The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses seat.
1. God has placed these people in a position of authority.
2. They hold the same position as Moses.
3. Christ commands the people to obey their teachings (when they are teaching what the Bible states) just as if Moses himself was teaching them.
B. The people are not to copy the acts, or works of the Pharisees.
1. Their acts are filled with selfish pride and arrogance.
2. The people are to obey them when they teach the Word of God, and to follow the Word of God.