Chance of Manna (parable blog)

Parable of The Humbled Guest

Posted on: October 7, 2008

7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Luke 14:7-11


2 Responses to "Parable of The Humbled Guest"

Sounds like Jesus was pointing out some common social etiquette.

There is something very Chauncey Gardiner about reading too much into these “parables”.

“Being There” is a favorite movie of mine as I am a huge fan of Peter Sellers. It does strike me however, that in your snide swipe at “parables”, you’ve used a wonderful modern parable as a reference.

The art of parable did not begin or end with Jesus, though he was a master at them. This is indisputable to any objective reader. The beauty of a great parable is that it strikes directly at human spiritual truths shared by all religious and irreligious alike.

Consider the one above. You don’t have to be a Christian to understand that there is a great paradox between proudness which diminishes us and humility which lifts us up. That is a human lesson. People see past pomp and are drawn toward humility.

If it weren’t in the bible, you’d probrably really like that parable because it’s a scathing indictment of religious people who lift them selves up as holier than the rest of the world, when their faith is supposed to teach humility.

But perhaps I can’t expect you to know and appreciate anything other than the vegetables that grow in your own garden.

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