How do you feel when you arrive at a banquet and there is no seating chart and no reserve seats? Is that an awkward moment? Do you wonder if it’s OK to sit up close or are those seats going to turn out to be reserved for someone else? Jesus saw this take place at a banquet He was invited to and gave wise instructions in Luke 14:7-11. He said don’t take the most honored seat, because you’ll be humiliated when the host comes to move you and you’re stuck with the worst seat in the house. Rather, Jesus said, take a low seat and you’ll be honored when the host moves you up.
Then Jesus gave this principle to live by: For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Self-exaltation or pride is deadly. Elsewhere in Scripture it says: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) and A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. (Proverbs 29:23)
This week we will see the practical outworking of God’s Word. It is obvious that our villain Haman never got God’s memos on pride…