Rules of social etiquette – by Jesus.

Rules of social etiquette – by Jesus.

Mark 12: 38-40 “As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

They like to walk around in flowing robes.

Jesus said stop trying to be noticed.

They like to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces.

Jesus said stop trying to be someone.

They like to have the most important seats in the synagogues

Jesus said stop trying to be important.

They like to have the places of honour at banquets.

Jesus said stop trying to be popular.

They devour widows’ houses

Jesus said stop trying to deceive and defraud.

They like to make a show with lengthy prayers.

Jesus said stop trying to impress.

 

There are no rewards for such attempts. What rewards they get will be taken from them. In the end they will only have regret.

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