devotional post # 2049
Luk 20:45 And since all the people were listening, he said to the disciples,
Luk 20:46 “Beware of the scribes, who like walking around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets,
Luk 20:47 who keep on swallowing up the houses of widows and pray lengthy prayers because people are watching. These will receive more severe judgment!”
people watching, people listening
The scribes were supposed to be a resource for people. They were supposed to know enough about the word of God that they could give clear interpretation of it to others. But the scribes that Jesus encountered were guilty of making idols of their own reputations. They cared only about the people watching. So, Jesus condemned them while other people were listening. If they felt no guilt for their hypocrisy, perhaps they would feel shame.
LORD, make us people of integrity who do the right thing even if no one notices.