Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. (Luke 14:1 NKJV)

Jesus was invited to the house of someone in a influential position. Jesus was not made flesh to make friends and it is apparent in this chapter. He was on a mission to teach the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Healing a man with some sort of edema on the Sabbath, he challenged a mindset that no healing should take place on the Sabbath.

I found it interesting today how Jesus noted the men taking the best positions at the meal. Today I think we would call it “jockeying” for position. Some of us really like positions of influence/attention – and all of things that come with it. Jesus’ response to this was clear: those who humble themselves before others will be exalted in the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who are puffed up will be humbled. The Kingdom of Heaven is helping those in need – not for the sake of recognition of men – but because your heart is in the right place. This will be exalted in heaven.

But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, Friend, go up higher. Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:10, 11 NKJV)

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