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The Less Privileged at the Center
Bible Passage Luke 14:1-14
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Luke.

The Less Privileged at the Center

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 9, 2022

1 Now it came to pass, when He went into a house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching Him.

2 And behold, there was a certain man who had dropsy standing in front of Him.

3 Then Jesus answered and spoke to the doctors of the law and to the Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

4 But they were silent. And after taking hold of him, He healed him and then let him go.

5 And He answered and said to them, “Who among you shall have a donkey or an ox fall into a pit, and will not immediately pull it out on the Sabbath day?”

6 But again, they were not able to answer Him concerning these things.

7 Then, observing how those who were invited were choosing out the chief places, He spoke a parable to them, saying,

8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit in the chief place, lest someone more honorable than you has been invited by him.

9 For the one who invited you and him shall come to you and say, ‘Give place to this one,’ and then shall you begin with shame to take the last place.

10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the last place, so that when the one who invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, come up higher.’ Then shall you have honor in the presence of those who are sitting at the table with you.

11 For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and the one who humbles himself shall be exalted.”

12 And He also said to him who had invited Him, “When you make a dinner or supper, do not call your friends, nor your brethren, nor your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and a recompense be made to you.

13 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind;

14 And you shall be blessed, for they do not have the means to repay you. But you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”


Sabbath was an old law found in the 10 commandments given through Moses to the Israelites at Sinai. This law is the 4th of the 10 commandments. Many other laws were attached to what the LORD gave about the Sabbath, probably because the Jews did not grasp the import of the Sabbath or only wanted to display outward piety among themselves.

When Jesus visited the house of a prominent Pharisee on the Sabbath day, His critics were waiting to see if He would heal a sick man who was there. When Jesus asked them if healing on the Sabbath was lawful, they refused to answer. Jesus again pointed out the hypocrisy of those who would care for animals on the Sabbath but not for people (Luke 14:1-6).

Closely linked to the idea of the Sabbath is the way we portray ourselves. The idea of the Sabbath was to make the less important people freed and important. To free a slave is important, the master must be humble and value fellow human beings.

As mealtime approached, Jesus noticed some guests choosing the places of honor at the table. He warned that those who seek status or prestige are in danger of being humiliated. God exalts only those who willingly take the lowest place (Luke 14:7-11).

Jesus had a similar warning for the host. His reason for doing good should not be to win favor with people who can be of use to him. Rather he should do good out of genuine love, not expecting anything in return (Luke 14:12-14).

๐Ÿ”ท Our motive must be towards saving human life and showing compassion to the troubled.

๐Ÿ”ท Going before God is a clear example of personal aggrandizement. Rejoice in taking low places from human beings and God Himself will honor you.

๐Ÿ”ท God Himself will repay those who show love to the less privileged who cannot pay back what they receive from their benefactors.

๐Ÿ’ฅ Pray for the poor, lame, blind, the crippled
๐Ÿ’ฅ Ask for a spirit and posture that will receive a reward from God at the end

The idea of Christianity is to make the world a good place for all to live by breaking barriers. Believers must have in mind that it is not to show off, but to exhibit the love of God towards all, especially the less privileged and troubled hearts.

In series Bright Morning Reflections