While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to 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.”
Notice that Jesus has just asked His opponents the question concerning the paternity of the Messiah, seizing the initiative. Then without hesitation He turned to the disciples and says these things for their instruction so everyone can hear it. His scorn is directed at all of the teachers of the law, including Pharisees and Sadducees alike.
They are hypocrites who go out of their way to appear to be righteous and holy, but they are neither. They…
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