Humble Tables – 7-20-22

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 14 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath

14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the [a]Sabbath?”

But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a [b]donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

Take the Lowly Place

So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be [c]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the [d]maimed, the lame, the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

The Parable of the Great Supper

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat [e]bread in the kingdom of God!”

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the [f]maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”

Leaving All to Follow Christ

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Tasteless Salt Is Worthless

34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the [g]dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 14:3 NU adds or not
  2. Luke 14:5 NU, M son
  3. Luke 14:11 put down
  4. Luke 14:13 crippled
  5. Luke 14:15 M dinner
  6. Luke 14:21 crippled
  7. Luke 14:35 rubbish heap

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Romans 6:1-2-

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

How do you record your voice for a podcast? Do I already have the tools I need? I am slow and disobedient – and I have repented to God and now I apologize to you all. God clearly has expressed with multiple confirmations that I need to add a podcast to this – something spoken.  I have contemplated just filming myself speaking, reading this portion of the blog. But then I’d like to start with the salvation message, got to reach people before they can become disciples.
There is a delay as well, because I still have this stupid headache and did I tell you I am starting to break out with boils? And I do not want to be seen – because I want this to remain about God and not about me. And I am nervous about new tech stuff I’ll need to learn. I mean, I have done live videos on social media for the business, but not longer and speaking a message. Although I figure I would just read the daily discussion, I am terribly insecure about reading out loud. And it might just be easier for me to speak flowing in the spirit – but when I write that way, I can delete. If I speak that way I cannot delete because I have no audio / video editing software. And I do not know how to use any of that software. So I will need to learn that too. It all seems so daunting and time consuming and I never seem to have enough time as it is. Also I want it to be able to be uploaded here and not on Facebook. (Facebook is shutting down the preachers and teachers and eventually me to. I can share it there, but that cannot be the primary host. Especially when I have this website. SO join with me in prayer over this that God will lead me to (and lead to me) the help I need to be obedient.
Which leads to another prayer request for this ministry. We need money to renew the site. The $20 a year plan is no longer available. The cost is expensive to renew, and I do not have ANY of it (or my bill money for the end of the month with is more because a lot of annual bills are due in August as well).  The options available to me are to renew at a higher cost $324. Or let it laps, lose the domain name – go back to being @wordpress and risk losing all of the data and posts. I am trying to reach a person by phone to learn how I might be able to keep the history and posts and revert back to wordpress and somehow redirect traffic from the old URL to the new. AND I am not techie – not even sure it can be done. Lord help me. If this had not grown so much, I would abandon it and start over – so much easier. How can this go from $20 to $324 anyway?! And will I still have the option to do podcasts if I downgrade back to what I thought I had?

Listen, I know the word of God. But the rest of this stuff I need to learn.  Please keep it in prayer and believe with me for God to take this to the next level.

Now – Today’s study:

1Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things.”

Seemingly, fitting to start with “and they watched Him closely”. I am sure we all know and feel we are shifting into a new season. The judgment of the Lord is here – but so is His love and guidance and for His children.
“Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them Isaiah 3:10a NKJV
He is always working, even on the Sabbath. He doesn’t follow the rules of man. Some are judge while the righteous are blessed. 
I get it, these are scary times for those who are not tucked tightly under the wing of God. Every time I poke my head out, I too feel the fear and uncertainty. You must remind yourself often that it is a lie and encourage yourself in the Lord.
They watch closely, because it is a trap. Jesus sets up a trap question for them as well. Now I am not quick witted enough in my own right to counter trap my enemy – but Jesus provides a parable of a lowly place in order to tell those of us who are not quick witted, how to handle the situation we are in.

So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Apply this to all things. I am not the one who keep harping on getting humble – it just seems to be in almost every chapter of the Bible! Maybe there is actually something to this concept.

12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Angels walk among us, and we serve angel’s unaware – BUT Jesus says the when you feed the poor you have fed Him, and when you clothed them, you have clothed Him. So just do it for God, not for angels, of for rewards and payback, and not for glory in heaven. But just because Jesus loves them so much He has blessed you so you are able to bless them.

Now, to both your surprise and mine – it took me half way thought the chapter to mention the fact that in verse one, the setting of this chapter is at a table set for the Sabbath. I know, I really should write a book about “The Table” and pull all the verses in the Bible about the table out and give you a better overview of why it is SO IMPORTANT.
The first table set in this chapter (in verse 1) there is a trap set. The next table set up is a wedding feast is a reminder to sit in the lowest of places. The next table is set for dinner or supper and feeds the poor and sick. The next table is set in heaven and blessed are those who eat at that table! Followed by a parable table where the invited did not come. Let us catch up:

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

So someone there was catching what Jesus was saying. This man, must have pondered what it would be like to eat in heaven. He grasped the kingdom of heaven part of the revelation – but missed that Jesus was the Christ – here to save us from our sins, heal us, and give us an everlasting hope.

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”

This morning actually started for me with a discussion on false prophets. We have discussed them at length here – without calling out anyone particularly – because God will deal with them. But to my own great discomfort, I revealed my experiences with certain men and why I am uncomfortable and consider them false prophets. One in particular, was once such an anointed blessing. But something changed in him and that anointing is no longer there, but he is masterful at stirring the emotions and the audience certainly FEELS good and touched when he is done. I too was nearly deceived by this man. If not for grace!
He is invited to the feast in this parable, but he has gotten distracted and bought himself a larger purse. His followers who are the Christian Leaders, were also invited – but they too got distracted. The poor and needy followers of him – need to be rescued, and this is why I call him a false prophet – because they are enslaved and carrying him and his large purse. Let’s go fill the feast with them.

These parables are not about the poor and needy. It is not saying the poor and needy are not invited to the feast. Jesus is talking to leaders in this chapter, all levels of leadership are at this Sabbath meal and if there are poor and needy there – they are Jesus’s disciples and the house staff (or maybe even slaves). And none of them were remotely offended that Jesus wasn’t talking to them. They actually probably enjoyed listening to Jesus put them in their place.

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

And so when Jesus left that meal, it would be easy for the poor to leave with Him and follow – but the wealthy, well-educated men who have worked hard to establish themselves in their community would not give that up too easily.

During my time of refining, my season of Job and loss, my time being pruned way back – It grew me quickly and in fierce ways. It taught me many, many lessons. One of which is how to be poor and needy – I can more easily follow him with reckless abandonment. I am live this – uncompromisingly.

34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

We can lose our saltiness. You know what they could lead to? Besides NOT being tasty – we could get caught up with the garbage of this world instead of placed on the table.

Let me conclude today with a side point on The Table. Jesus is the bread and wine. We are to produce fruit and salt. We go into the harvest and harvest the wheat. God says He prepares the table. We show up and are the meal. As we taste and see that the Lord is good – He tastes and sees we are also good. He has worked out the impurities and we are fine dining cuisine.
If you have been mishandled by narcissist and people who were never loved and cannot show love – the idea of the bride and intimacy is difficult. But if we are all assembling for a huge feast and we are each bringing our best dish to pass and share with God and the others who make it to the feast – suddenly communing and intimacy are a little easier to understand. Grandma used to say food taste better when you pour your heart and soul into it (then she’d burn it while she cared for the children, who always came first). But he point is it was not weird to eat her heart and soul in her casserole – so it is not weird to understand that form of communion.

In the midst of God’s judgments and a serious time for our world – God wants to take us in, love on us, commune with us and bless us. So get right with God and stay right with Him. Hang in there for this season!

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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