Table Manners

Table Manners

Luke 14:7-14
September 17, 2023


All who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

from Luke 14:11


Noticing that guests at dinner were choosing places of honor to sit, Jesus told a parable about seating at an important banquet. Rather than picking an honored place for yourself to sit, Jesus recommended sitting at a humble seat. It would be much better to be moved to a more important position than to be moved to the lowest position once someone more important shows up.

He teaches us to live humbly, and rather than doing nice things for people who might repay us, we are to be generous with people who can never repay us. Instead, our reward will be at the resurrection of the righteous.