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Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

Date: May. 24, 2022

Passage

Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

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Key Verse: 12:44

For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Jesus warned against the influence of the teachers of the law. He said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” The teachers of the law acted like they had a great relationship with God. In reality, they had no relationship with God. They lived in front of people’s eyes. We should watch out for people who appear to live before God, yet in reality live before human eyes. God judges our hearts. We need to live before God and live blameless before him.

Jesus watched people bring offerings to the temple. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything --- all she had to live on.” Jesus accepted the poor widow’s offering. God sees our hearts rather than outward doing or giving. When we live before God and give all we have out of our reverent fear before him, he is most pleased.

Prayer: Prayer: Help us to offer all we have to live on before you, out of thanksgiving.

One Word: One Word: Give everything to Jesus!

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Daily Bread

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

Mark 12:38-44

Key Verse: 12:44

For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

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