More on Humility

Take a look at the pattern below seen in Luke’s Gospel where selected passages mirror image each other based on content and therefore continue point toward a key idea as they work toward the middle.  This is a common literary device in the Bible called a ‘chiasm’ (or chiastic structure), although some commentators think it can sometimes be contrived.  No doubt, though, it is often too big a coincidence and clearly intends to highlight a focal message. (There are so many amazing and well crafted patterns throughout the Bible).

Here, it is about the need for humility.  Luke was renowned for showing that the disciples (generally in his second account, ‘Acts’) were carrying out the actions of Jesus (in his first account, ‘Luke’). Here, Jesus, the humble ‘Son of Man’, is saying that greatness is also contingent upon our being humble, which is a theme in Luke’s Gospel (e.g. Luke 22:25-27). 

The Good Samaritan Contrasted with the Pharisee (10:25-37)
….The Persistent Friend (11:5-8)
……..The Good Father, “Who of you…?” (11:11-13)
…………The Rich Fool (12:13-21)
…………….The Demands of Stewardship (12:35-48)
………………..Three Warnings to Repent (13:1-9)
……………………The Challenge of Discipleship (13:18-35)
……………………….The Lowest Places at the Banquet (14:7-10)
…………………………..The proud will be humbled (14:11a)
…………………………..The humble will be exalted (14:11b)
……………………….Invitations to the Disadvantaged(14:15-24)
……………………Considering the cost of discipleship (14:25-33)
………………..Three Parables of Repentance (15:1-32)
…………….The Dishonest Steward (16:1-13)
…………The Rich Man and Lazarus (16:19-31)
……..The Unworthy Slaves, “Who of you…?” (17:7-10)
….The Persistent Widow (18:1-8)
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (18:9-14)

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