The Savior Gives Warning

In Mark 12:36-40, Jesus gave the people who were there in the Temple some warnings about how to view the religious “strutters,” and how to respond to them. He said: “For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit Thou on my right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth Him Lord; and whence is He (then) his son? And the common people heard Him gladly. And He said unto them in His doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and (love) salutations in the marketplaces, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.” I wonder if the leaders were listening. Many, if not most, of them should have had the attitude described in William H. Foulkes’ hymn, “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord:” “Take Thou our minds, dear Lord, we humbly pray, give us the mind of Christ each passing day; teach us to know the truth that sets us free; grant us in all our thoughts to honor Thee. Take Thou our hearts, O Christ, they are Thine own; come Thou within our souls and claim Thy throne; help us to shed abroad Thy deathless love; use us to make the earth like heaven above. Take Thou our wills, Most High! Hold Thou full sway; have in our inmost souls Thy perfect way; guard Thou each sacred hour from selfish ease; guide Thou our ordered lives as Thou dost please. Take Thou ourselves, O Lord, heart, mind, and will; through our surrendered souls Thy plans fulfill. We yield ourselves to Thee—time, talents, all; we hear, and henceforth heed, Thy sovereign call.” Selah! To God be the “Glory!”   Ron

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