Humbled guests (Luke 14:7-11) | back

 7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. When Jesus noticed that all the guests that came to the dinner party were trying to sit at the head of the table, He gave them this advice.

 8When 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. If you are invited to a wedding feast, don't always head for the best seats, because someone more respected may show up that should be seated there.

 9And 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. The host may come over to you and say; let this man sit here instead. Then you will be embarrassed and have to move to another seat at the foot at the table.

 10But 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. Do this instead! Start at the foot of the table when you are seated; then when the host sees you, he will come over and say to you, we have a better seat for you my friend. Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.

 11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. For everyone who tries to honor himself shall be humbled; and he who humbles himself shall be honored. This also applies to the Kingdom of God. God will honor those who humble themselves before others.