Beware of those who use religion for personal gain

Luke Bible Background

04.26.2015 New Testament: Luke 20.45–47

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 20.27–47 on April 26, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The twelve disciples had exalted positions, which might tempt them to use their discipleship for personal gain. Therefore, in front of other people, Jesus warned His disciples,

Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation” (Luke 20.45–47). 

The scribes had positions in religion that allowed them to do greater good, but they use it for personal gain, and for that the Lord promised that they would suffer greater condemnation.

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