As Jesus was eating in the home of one of the Pharisees on a Sabbath day, they watched Him closely to see if He would heal a certain sick man that day. He read their unspoken thoughts and left them speechless as He healed the man.
Humility is an important trait in the eyes of Christ. When He observed how people were taking the best places at the Pharisee’s house, He taught a parable of a wedding feast.
At feasts and other gatherings, certain seats were reserved for persons of high esteem. If a person of low esteem took one of those seats, he would be told to move to a lower seat if a person of higher esteem came in. Jesus said, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus followed this parable with an admonition to invite people to eat in their homes who were poor and unable to repay. He was pointing out the merits of doing charitable deeds instead of hosting social affairs.