Jesus warned them.
Jesus warns us.
In His teaching He was saying: “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places,
and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,
who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers;
these will receive greater condemnation.”
Beware of the scribes.
Beware of the Religionists.
They like to walk around in long robes…
Or Armani suits (are those still good? I’m so out of touch… LOL)…
Or hipster low-riders…
They like respectful greeting in the market places…
They like the chief seats run the synagogues..
Or, the place of positions on the platform..
Or, the exalted pulpit…
They like the place of honor at banquets.
The place of prestige.
The place of power.
The place of position.
They devour widow’s houses.
I have seen this personally…leadership that takes advantage of widows.
They offer long prayers for appearance’s sake,
Again, a common observation.
Sadly, it is often rather humorous when the long prayer is simple rote recitation of religious platitudes…but offered at “the wrong time” in man’s order!
Be not anxious.
They will receive greater condemnation from the Lord.
If the Lord has placed you in such an environment, press on!
You are there for a purpose.
If you are in such an environment and are uncertain as to whether God wants you there, ask Him.
He will guide.
Beware of those who “like” anything other than the Most High God.
We can observe their fruit and know who their god is.