38 As he taught, Jesus 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, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely."
Thoughts: Religious pride and show are too common in a day when religious heart is missing. It was true in Jesus' day and in our day as well.
Prayer: Lord, may my heart be as your heart- prompt and sincere. [John Calvin's motto-prayer]
John Calvin abridged: The word of God did not receive any stain by the wickedness of the teachers, nor should their wicked examples be used as an excuse to sin. Christ was not afraid to offend and expose the ungodly teachers as they deserved. Only Christ was good enough to not bring any offense to the gospel in his ministry.