Today’s reading is Mark 12.
Don’t worry, you aren’t re-reading yesterday’s post. But what a great illustration of the leafy versus fruitful principle we learned in yesterday’s reading. The scribes have the leaves: walking in long robes, prominent seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplace, honor in the feasts, and long prayers. However, when the leaves are turned over, despite the promise of fruit, there is nothing. In fact, what fruit is there is rotten. Their time in the synagogue wasn’t changing them. Neither did their long praying impact their heart. They were selfish, self-centered, greedy, and materialistic. This was demonstrated by how they treated the widows, whose houses they devoured. Don’t be as the scribes, merely leafy; be fruitful.
Monday’s reading is Mark 13.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I hope you noticed the two greatest commandments in today’s reading. Love. Love God and love your neighbor. Of course, the scribes I told your parents about above didn’t do either. We shouldn’t make the mistake that many today do, thinking that as long as I call it love, it is. But neither should we miss that everything else Jesus tells us to do is a means to this end–Love God, and from the overflow of that, love the people He created in His image. Keep that in mind as you grow.
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