And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.
And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” – Mark 14:35-40
Perhaps you have seen the TV commercial featuring Captain Obvious. He explains some things about hotels that are, well, obvious. Like the concept of all-you-can-eat, how conference rooms work, that pools are filled with water and the fact that Hotels.com is the best website. Silly. Perhaps funny.
Some might think that Jesus’ statements here are rather obvious: beware of the scribes. Beware of those who walk around in holy robes. Watch out for those who seek places of honor, who devour widows’ houses, and pray long and loud, but only for show. Those warnings seem to be no-brainers.
Why would we then fawn over those who have their entourages, and make a show of their money, fame, or success? Why do we give more place to the famous than we do to the faithful? What is it that causes us to consider faith and God to be a Sunday-only endeavor – and sometimes not even every Sunday?
Jesus warns us against letting anything get in the way of his rule and reign in our hearts. He is the Son and Lord of David! He is like no other. It may be obvious, but it is worth noting that Jesus alone offers the hope and healing we all desperately need.