02-11-07

As Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, various religious leaders came up to challenge Jesus and His teachings.  Among those who challenged Him were the scribes, the fellows who were the experts in the Scriptures.  One of the scribes actually had some good things to say.  He talked with Jesus about the most important commandment, the command to love God (Mark 12:28-34).  But for some reason Jesus later went on to give a warning.  Then He said to them in His teaching, “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” (Mark 12:38-40 NKJV). There are “good scribes” and there are “bad scribes”.
Studying the Scriptures is a necessity for the believer. The Scriptures are the fuel that keeps the fire of our faith alive.  But if we’re not careful, our studying can puff us up and twist our spirituality.  The good scribes are those who learn the Scriptures and realize that they must work at loving God, loving people, and staying humble.  The bad scribes are the ones who slip into the pride that demands attention.  Their focus isn’t on God or on loving people; their focus is on getting into the spotlight, demanding respect, taking advantage of people, and putting on a good show.

Beloved, as you study the Scriptures, be careful to maintain the attitudes that keep you useful.  Love the Lord.  Serve others.  Walk in humility.