​Proverbs 16:18

​Presented by Steven Schiller

Taking The Lowest Place (Lk 14:7,8,9,10-11)


1. We have seen that Jesus did not limit His use of parables to

instructing only His disciples:

a. He often used them in responding to those who challenged Him...

1) Cf. "The Two Sons" - Mt 21:28,29,30,31-32

2) Cf. "The Wicked Vinedressers" - Mt 21:33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45-46

3) Cf. "The Wedding Feast" - Mt 22:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13-14

b. He also used them in more casual settings...

1) As a guest in a Pharisee's home, cf. "The Two Debtors" - Lk


2) Replying to a lawyer's question, cf. "The Good Samaritan" - Lk


3) Responding to a request to settle a family dispute, cf. "The

Rich Fool" - Lk 12:13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20-21

4) In offering His perspective on a calamity, cf. "The Barren Fig

Tree" - Lk 13:6,7,8-9

2. It was in another casual setting that we find Jesus using a parable

to teach an important lesson...

a. The parable is found in Lk 14:7,8,9,10-11

b. It can be called "Taking The Lowest Place", and it illustrates

the value of humility

[Let's being with...]



1. Jesus had gone to eat at the house of one of the rulers of the

Pharisees on the Sabbath - Lk 14:1a

2. They had watched Him closely - Lk 14:1b

a. Perhaps to see if He would heal the man with dropsy? - cf.

Lk 14:2

b. Jesus posed a question about the lawfulness of healing on

the Sabbath - Lk 14:3

1) To which they did not respond - Lk 14:4

2) To which they could not respond, after Jesus...

a) Healed the man - Lk 14:5

b) Posed another question revealing their inconsistency

- Lk 14:6

3. Jesus had also been watching them closely - Lk 14:7

a. He had noted how those invited were selecting the best

places to sit

1) It is thought that the seating arrangements at that time

may have involved three tables in the shape of a

flat-bottomed "U"

2) "The triclinia, or Grecian table, then in use had three

sections which were placed together so as to form a

flat-bottomed U. The space enclosed by the table was not

occupied. It was left vacant that the servants might

enter it and attend to the wants of the guests who

reclined around the outer margin of the table."


3) "The central seat of each of these three sections were

deemed a place of honor. This struggle for precedence

was a small ambition, but many of the ambitions of our

day are equally small." (MCGARVEY)

b. This petty positioning around the tables prompted Jesus to

teach a lesson using a parable...


1. The setting is a wedding feast, a common social event in those

days - Lk 14:8

2. Jesus warns against sitting down in the best place - Lk 14:


a. Someone more honorable may have been invited

b. When they arrive, the host will ask you to move

c. With shame you will have to move to the lowest place

(likely the only place left!)

3. Instead, He counsels them to sit in the lowest place - Lk 14:


a. That way, the host will come along and say "Friend, go up


b. So instead of shame, brought about trying to sit in the

best place, you will receive glory among those who sit at

the table with you

4. Jesus then concludes with this maxim: "For whoever exalts

himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be

exalted." - Lk 14:11

a. A "maxim": a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule

of conduct

b. It was one of our Lord's favorite

1) Used in the parable of "The Pharisee And The Publican" -

cf. Lk 18:14

2) Spoken when teaching His disciples not to be like

scribes and Pharisees - cf. Mt 23:6,7,8,9,10,11-12

c. It is found in the Old Testament - cf. Ps 18:27; Pr 18:12;


d. And repeated in the New Testament - cf. Jm 4:6; 1Pe 5:5

[Remember that this is a parable; Jesus' purpose is not just to have us

focus on the story (in this case, the advice about attending wedding

feasts), but the main principle illustrated by the parable.

With that in mind, here are a few thoughts in regards to...]



1. The wise man wrote:

a. "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before

a fall." - Pr 16:18

b. "A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit

will retain honor." - Pr 29:23

2. The danger of pride is not just in social settings (as per the

parable), but in our relationship with God!

a. The Lord hates pride - Pr 8:13

b. It is defiles man - Mk 7:21,22-23

c. It is of the world, not of the Father - 1Jn 2:15,16-17


1. The Lord blesses the humble - Ps 25:9; Pr 3:34

2. Humility is a mark of wisdom - Pr 11:2

3. Humility precedes honor like arrogance goes before destruction

- Pr 18:12; cf. 22:4


1. Be clothed with humility - Col 3:12

2. Be humble before God - 1Pe 5:6

3. Be humble in our dealings with our brethren in Christ - Php 2:3

4. Be humble in our dealings with those around us, even those who

oppose us - Tit 3:2; 2Ti 2:24-25


1. Through this simple parable, Jesus has taught us a most important

truth: the need to be humble in our relations with God and those

around us!

2. Humility is not a popular grace in our culture...

a. It is considered a sign of weakness by many

b. People fear that they will be made a floor mat by others

3. But we must remember that God is watching, and it is He who said:

For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

"I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones." (Isa 57:15)

4. If we desire the Lord to dwell with us, then let us walk humbly

before Him, as Micah wrote...

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly, To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)

May God give us the grace to so walk before Him!