MUSINGS – November 20, 2018


Mark 12:35-40
While Jesus was teaching in the temple courtyard, he asked, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is David’s son? David, guided by the Holy Spirit, said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Take the highest position in heaven until I put your enemies under your control.”‘ David calls him Lord. So how can he be his son?” The large crowd enjoyed listening to him. As he taught, he said, “Watch out for the scribes! They like to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces, and to have the front seats in synagogues and the places of honor at dinners. They rob widows by taking their houses and then say long prayers to make themselves look good. The scribes will receive the most severe qpunishment.”

In Texas there is a saying: He’s all hat and boots, no cattle. In other words he may look like a cowboy but he isn’t. I think that is what Jesus was saying her about the scribes. They dress like someone in religious authority, but they don’t carry out God’s will, just there own.

In 1 Samuel 16:7 the LORD told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart.”

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