Daily Reading: 9-21-16
Luke 20:45-21:4 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Sometimes it appears that people get away with some pretty awful things; not all crimes are met with the proper justice in this world. But, Scripture teaches that God will punish people who use their positions of responsibility to cheat others while pretending to be sincere. God will deal with people who see themselves as superior to others. Superiority is a worldly and dark mindset that can happen in government, the workplace, home, religion; basically, anywhere a spirit of pride is welcomed and fed.
Luke 20:45-21:4; Jesus and the Teachers of the Law of Moses
45 While everyone was listening to Jesus, he said to his disciples:
46 Guard against the teachers of the Law of Moses! They love to walk around in long robes, and they like to be greeted in the market. They want the front seats in the meeting places and the best seats at banquets. 47 But they cheat widows out of their homes and then pray long prayers just to show off. These teachers will be punished most of all.
A Widow’s Offering
21 Jesus looked up and saw some rich people tossing their gifts into the offering box. 2 He also saw a poor widow putting in two pennies. 3 And he said, “I tell you that this poor woman has put in more than all the others. 4 Everyone else gave what they didn’t need. But she is very poor and gave everything she had.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me to remember you are humble, gentle and loving. Keep me humble and sincere with the measure of responsibility you have given me as your daughter. In Jesus’ name. Amen.