TOPIC: CALLED TO HUMILITY AND HOSPITALITY/SITTING WITH THE LOWLY
Study Date: 3 Mar. 19
Scripture: LUKE 14: 7-14
KEY VERSE: “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14: 11)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: People are never satisfied with recognition and status. Jesus taught that humility and hospitality will bring fulfillment.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Proverbs 25: 2-7; James 2: 1-7; Matthew 5: 43-48; Ephesians 4: 1-7; Luke 1-6; Luke 14: 15-24.
- To learn Jesus described humility and hospitality.
- To reflect on our own tendencies to praise and honor selfishly.
- To give honor and respect to those who we consider unworthy.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Bidden—invited, told, called
Exalt—to life up to make high, to recognize
Humbled—devoid of haughtiness, lowly
Parable—earthly story with heavenly meaning
Pharisee—religious leader complaining
Poor—destitute of wealth, lacking influence, dishonored
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What social boundaries has God set for His people?
What makes the dinner setting a good place for this parable?
What is this passage using dinner as a metaphor for?
Who decides where each person sits at the dinner table?
THE SEED CALLED TO HUMILITY AND HOSPITALITY/SITTING LOWLY LUKE 14: 7-14
- Vain Glory Perils (Luke 14: 7-9)
- The guests at the dinner party were invited.
- Jesus told them a special parable.
- His concern was more than proper table etiquette, seating arrangement by the host.
- Too many assume they can sit anyplace.
- Sitting the wrong place could cause problems.
- Humility Rewards (Luke 14: 10)
- An invitations suggest a place at the gathering .
- Those who are friends get the highest seats.
- The high seats are for those who humble themselves in worship.
- Self-Exaltation Dangers (Luke 14: 11)
- God works in mysterious ways.
- Those make themselves exalted will be made low by the host.
- The low will be lifted and exalted.
- Masters in the Kingdom (14: 12-14)
- Do not just invite those who will later invite you.
- Do not act in ways just to guarantee the same.
- Invited those who cannot invite you in return.
- Blessings come from meeting the needs of others.
The standards of God are different from the standards of men. Those without an obvious claim have claim. Love the unloveable.
PLANTING THE SEED
What is a parable?
What mistakes do those invited sometimes make?
For whom are the highest seats reserved?
What will happen when one takes the wrong seat?
What is the attitude of the host toward his guest?
Will seats be reassigned by the host?
What is the result of a humble spirit and attitude?
How should we respond when invited?
How will our choices set us up for disappointment?
How do God’s rules differ from ours?
Who should we invite to our lunch or dinner?
If we invited the right ones, what will be the result?
What blessings come from proper hospitality?
When should believers expect to receive their reward?
NURTURING THE SEED
What is the value of self-glorification?
Who is the final authority when an invitation is extended?
What dangers are there that may come with a good intentions.
How should those invited humble themselves?
How should one feel when asked to sit in another place, to move?
What blessings come from humility?
What results when we think ourselves something we are not?
What are the two choices we face and the two consequences?
To exalt ones self is to do what harm?
Who are the two groups to consider for your guest?
When will you get the reward God intends?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
God invites all of us to join Him at His table.
Pay attention to the guidance of your host.
Do not be in a hurry to claim your place at the Master’s table.
The wedding is not yours to be honored.
Always remember who your host is.
God way is not our way.
What God does is quite opposite of what we do.
Calling those who cannot invite you brings eternal blessings.
Blessings come when we do not consider our selfish desires.
God will reward those who share with the poor and the outcasts.
What is the result of making ourselves look good before men?