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Francois A. Cabiladas Elvi D.




The Parable of the Lowest Seat
Luke 14:7-11 He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them, "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don¶t sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him, and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, µMake room for this person.¶ Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, µFriend, move up higher.¶ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." What were the people in the feast seeking? The people who are invited in this marriage feast wanted to occupy the central seats deemed to be a prestigious place. They wanted to uplift themselves and gain honor and recognition. Is it characteristic of genuine humility to seek one's own honor? No, Jesus is not describing genuine humility in this parable; rather he is speaking so as to humiliate the proud. The fact that "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" is a principle of human relationships. But it is not characteristic of humility to seek one's own. What kind of "humility" is Jesus speaking of? It appears that Jesus is prescribing how one should go about seeking one's own honor. As is the case particularly in oriental societies, seeking praise from others was a quite common characteristic of the religious leaders of Israel and the Jews in general; whom Jesus was humiliating in saying this. Effectively he was saying, "Not only are you seeking praise from men, but you are doing it in an unwise fashion." False humility is practiced by people who pretend to be humble, expecting to be exalted. The genuinely humble do not seek their own honor, but rather seek to honor God because in the end, God honors them. A true servant does not seek his own reward, but rather serves his master (Christ) who will reward him.

. the only difference is that a person exalting himself always find ways to be honored whereas someone who falsely humble himself also want to be honor by showing humility to gain appreciation. What is another example from your observation of a person exalting himself? Some politicians are one of the examples. but rather he was simply humiliating the proud.What do you suppose is Jesus objective in telling this parable? Jesus was speaking to those who were still trying to please men to gain honor for themselves. What about those who falsely humble themselves? A person who is exalting and falsely humble himself are kind of similar. How do you think the host would feel if he learned that his guest had falsely humbled himself to gain his own honor? The host of the feast will be disappointed because of the false humility shown by his guest just to gain honor and appreciation from him and from the people around. They keep on advertising about the good deeds and achievements they¶ve done in order to please the people. How do you feel about such people? I feel bad because such people were just showing the positive side of them so that the people will like them but unfortunately. They exalt themselves just to gain popularity. He will feel mad at the guest because o the gust¶s pride and selfish desire to be honored and exalted. not all of those they¶ve showed are true. Thus he was not really prescribing appropriate behavior. They don¶t wait others to discover it themselves and praise them without being told. they always show the good side of themselves so that people will recognize them and will be pleased. every time they campaign.