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STORY GUIDE LUKE 14:7-14 J esus had been invited to a meal by a Pharisee.

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LUKE 14:7-14

STORY GUIDE LUKE 14:7-14 J esus had been invited to a meal by a Pharisee. Other
STORY GUIDE LUKE 14:7-14 J esus had been invited to a meal by a Pharisee. Other

Jesus had been invited to a meal by a Pharisee. Other Pharisees were also present. They had been watching Jesus to find fault in him, but he had also been watching them. They were choosing for them- selves the most honored places at the table. Jesus told them that when invited to a banquet, they should not seat themselves in places of honor in case someone more important came. Then, the host might ask the first person to move to a less prominent seat and give the more prominent individual his seat. Better, Jesus said, to first take the lowest seat, so that the host would come and say, “Friend, move up high- er.” The guest moving up would then be honored before the other guests. Jesus summarized: “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Jesus further advised that they should not invite their friends, families or rich neighbors to their ban- quets because these people could invite them in return, and they would be repaid. He told them to invite the poor and the disabled instead. These people would be unable to repay their host, and the host would be blessed by being repaid by God at the resurrection of the righteous.

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HUMILITY

New Testament Lesson #74

POINTS TO CONSIDER:

• Jesus was not condemning associating with friends but warned of ignoring those in need.

• In many places, the Bible speaks of caring for people in need. Examples: Matthew 25:40; Proverbs 19:17; Isaiah 58:6-7.

A Story About Humility

I. A Pharisee invited Jesus to a meal.

A. Other Pharisees were also present.

B. The Pharisees seated themselves in the most honored places at the table.

II. Jesus commented on the seating

arrangements.

A. He said the guests should not take the best seats for themselves.

B. The guest should first take a lower seat so the host could invite him to take a better seat, rather than choose the best seat and be asked to move to a lesser seat.

C. Jesus said that people who think they’re the best will be humbled.

D. He said that the opposite is also true.

III. Jesus gave additional advice about banquets.

A. The Pharisees should not invite their friends, families or rich neighbors.

B. These guests can repay the host.

C. The Pharisees should invite the poor and handicapped.

D. They cannot repay the host, but God would bless the host at the resurrection.

ANSWER KEY:

1. poor

2. handicapped

3. blessed

4. repay

5. righteous

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