Chapter # 7 Paragraph # 6 Study # 1
November 16, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<484> Thesis: Living a lie only leads to enormous humiliation. Introduction: This morning we are going to move into the last paragraph of Luke seven. It is a record of Jesus publicly humiliating His host. This is not the kind of behavior that most of us expect from Jesus and we tend to recoil at the suggestion that He would do this to someone who had invited Him to "eat with him". But the story is inescapably a record of Jesus exalting a woman who was most likely a prostitute and publicly humiliating His host who was very likely one of the leading Pharisees of his "city". Given the fact that a large part of the New Testament was written to Christians to urge them to treat others with grace, kindness, and love, it seems to me that we need to squarely address Jesus' behavior in this story. I believe that, once we have done that, we shall see that living a lie will lead to enormous humiliation.