Hello, everybody. Welcome back. Welcome back to finishing out a book of Luke and excited to have you with me again in this.
We are in Luke chapter 14, your assignment was at the close of the last video to read the remaining 10 chapters of Luke, Luke 14 through Luke 24. And so, we’re just going to pick up as if you’re just right in the stream of this. And, just going to highlight some key things here that maybe are not highlighted in the other gospels, as I talked through this. The interesting part, if you recall, and like we’re talking about humility, we’re talking about the broken, the outcasts of society. We’re talking about those people in situations that are, often overlooked and there’s a central parable here. There’s actually, a chiastic arrangement to the parables.
We’ve got various parables in Luke and the very center one is this particular one. It’s a diatic parable. It’s in Luke 14, starting at verse 7. He’s noticing how the disciples are choosing the best place. And so he explained that when you’re invited to a wedding feast, you don’t choose what table you sit at. You choose the one that you’re assigned. You don’t sit at the head table with the bride and groom. You just have this humility of wherever you’re assigned. You don’t assume a place, et cetera. And he gives a picture in an analogy to this. And at the close it’s got this idea of inviting those that are the least noticed and the least looked at.
Again, remember, Luke is interested in humility. He’s interested in the Gentiles. He’s interested in the outcast. He’s interested in those that don’t really don’t have a place. It says in verse 11, for those who exalt themselves will be humbled. And he who humbles himself will be exalted that he also said to that when you give a dinner, so it’s a sort of a second parable linked to the first or suffered. You do not ask your friends, your brothers, relatives, not rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back and that you might be repaid. But when you give a feast invite the poor, the main, the lame, the blind, and you will be a blessed because they cannot repay you for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the job.
So it’s this idea that our award is in heaven. It is not in the accolades of men. It’s not in our financial rewards. It is not in the world system that we, if you will, we live a hidden life trusting that we are honored and, given place by the Lord himself. And that we’re serving the Lord beyond that.
Again, remember our themes and Luke, then we come back to the fact that discipleship means laying down everything that we have laying down all of our, our, our life, so to speak, to follow Jesus.