Strength & Honor

One Sabbath Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of one of the leading local Pharisees (137).  Many people were watching Jesus closely.

A man whose legs and arms were badly swollen came to Jesus for healing.  Jesus asked the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who were there, “Does the law of Moses allow healing on the Sabbath or not?”

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When they refused to answer, Jesus healed the man and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If any one of you had a son or an ox that happened to fall in a well on a Sabbath, you would pull him out right away!”

Again, the Pharisees there had no answer for Jesus.

Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places to sit.  But he didn’t single them out; instead he told this story to everyone there.

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“When someone invites you to a feast, don’t choose the best place to sit. It may be that someone more important than you has also been invited.  Then your host, who invited you both, would have to come & say to you, ‘You must let this man have your place.’ So you would be embarrassed by having to move to a lower place.

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“Instead, when you are invited to a feast, choose the lowest place to sit.  Then your host may come & say to you, ‘Come, my friend, sit in a better place.’ This will bring you honor before the other guests.

“From God’s perspective, everyone who tries to make himself great will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be made greater.”

 

(137) Luke 14:1-11