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Radio transcript for the week of January 24, 2016

Harold Bigham preaches on "Humility" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Introduction:
Luke 14:7-11 - "And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

Jesus had went to eat at the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees and it was on the Sabbath day; "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him" (Luke 14:1). They had watched Jesus very very carefully. Jesus now asks them a question about the lawfulness of healing on the Sabbath day; "And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?" (Luke 14:3). They held their peace. Now Jesus takes this man who had the sickness of the dropsy (verse 2) and heals him. Jesus raises another question to them about if they would have a animal that was falling into a pit would they not have the concern for that animal to pull it out on the sabbath day? (Verse 5). By asking them this question, Jesus was revealing how they were being inconsistent. Jesus had also been watching them very closely as well because the Bible says in verse seven of Luke chapter 14, "And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms". Our Lord was now looking at them. They were watching him before and our Lord now is looking at them and seeing how they would select the main seats. Now Jesus poses this parable onto them. Jesus warns them about sitting down in the best place in verse eight and in verse nine he says that someone else might come who is more honorable than you and desire your seat. You would then be asked to move to another place which would be a lower seat than originally you were sitting in. In verse 10, Jesus states, "But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee." Jesus is teaching them a great lesson in humility.

Lesson:

First, see the danger of pride.

  • Proverbs 16:18 - "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."; Pride leads to destruction and a very arrogant or haughty attitude will cause one to fall. It will bring one low.

  • Proverbs 29:23 - "A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit."; The opposite of pride is being humble in our attitude and that will cause us to retain honor. Pride will cause us to stumble in our obedience before God. The Lord hates pride.

  • Proverbs 8:13 - "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."

  • Mark 7:21-23 states, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man."

  • 1 John 2:15 -17 - "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

Second, see the importance of being humble before God. The Lord wants us to have a humble attitude. He wants us to be a humble people. Humility is a sign of wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 states, "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." Proverbs 18:12 states, "Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility." Paul writes in the book of Colossians about these great qualities by saying, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory" (Colossians 3:1-4). Notice as we go down to verse 12-14 he says, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Paul states that we need to have a humble mind. When we are hidden with Christ, Christ is our life. 1 Peter 5:6 states, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." We are to be humble as we deal with others as well. Titus 3:1-2 says, "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." The servant of the Lord must not strive but be gentle onto all men. Again we find the great value in humility.

Conclusion:
In this parable Jesus has taught us a great important concept that we need in our lives and that need is that we need to be humble in our attitude with all people and most especially in our obedience unto our Lord.

Have you obeyed the Gospel of Christ? The Bible says that we love him when we keep his commandments (John 14:15). By hearing His gospel (Romans 10:17); having faith (Mark 16:16); repenting of one's sins (Acts 2:38), making the good confession of His good name (Romans 10:9-10) and being baptized to wash away our sins (Acts 2:38) the Lord will add one to His church. Be faithful even until you die for the Lord (Revelation 2:10) and Heaven can be your eternal home.

May God bless you as you continue to read and to study the Bible.

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