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In The House Of A Pharisee
One of the greatest ironies about the Pharisees is that they often criticized Jesus Christ for associating with "sinners." What is the irony of that? The unrepentant pharisees, because of their hypocrisy and self-righteousness, were worse sinners than the repentant "sinners" that Christ welcomed - and Christ associated with those "sinner" pharisees too, sometimes right in their own homes.
"He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day"
The pharisees even criticized Christ for how He perfectly observed The Lord's one and only true Sabbath Day, rather than observing it in the burdensome way that the pharisees had made it through their own self-serving "laws." All things were created through Christ, including the seventh day Sabbath (see Christ The Creator). The Messiah didn't need any lessons from the pharisees about how to properly observe the Sabbath Day or any of the other Ten Commandments. Christ observed them perfectly; that's why He was sinless (see Did Jesus Break The Law?).
"14:1 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. 14:2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 14:3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 14:4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
Many of the pharisees were arrogant (many, but not all, at least until they repented; some became Christians, such as Nicodemus and Paul). They bullied their way to prominence, apparently thinking that The Lord will allow such covetous and hypocritical people to reign with Him in His Kingdom. They have a surprise coming.
"14:7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 14:8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 14:9 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. 14:10 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. 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
The parable of the great banquet was a continuation of the parable quoted above, but is also applicable on a much wider scale to everyone who claims to be Christian without bothering to do what Christ says.
"14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
Fact Finder: Where did the early Christian church most-often meet on the Sabbath Day? Why?