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Places of Honor

May 27th, 2007

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be honored”

(Luke 14:11)

The marriage feast of Luke 14:7-11, speaks of places of honor. But, is this mere social etiquette? Americans will almost certainly have trouble with this passage.

I. Honor and the predicament of entitlement

A. Who could possibly feel entitled? (14:1,7)
B. What is meant by entitled?

II. A parable for today…

A. Based upon observation (v. 7)

B. Assumption (v. 8) ________________ (see 14:24)

C. Power is in the word of the ___________ (v. 9,10)

D. Mere social etiquette?!

Our honor derives from His honor (John 12:26). Redemption must be seen as based upon the absolute value of Christ. Christ is “precious,” by virtue of his blood (1 Peter 2:4,6; 1:19). We are “precious,” therefore, as a result of his honorable status (1 Peter 2:7).

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