Perhaps this week’s scripture would have been more appropriate last week during Halloween, people dressing up to elicit a response. The first part of our text from Mark reads:
As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces…”
(Mark 12:38 NRSV)
In Jesus’s day, scribes and other people of prominence wore long white linen robes in contrast to the garments of various colors worn by common people. This caused them to stand out, and the scribes understood their manner of dress elicited a response, an attitude of reverence, respect, and adoration from those around them. In other words, these white robes shouted, “Look at me! I’m important.”
What would be the modern-day equivalent of wearing white robes?
Why does Jesus say “Beware”?
Is Jesus saying it’s wrong to desire respect?
Sunday we’ll wrestle with some of these questions together. You’ll find it helpful to read Mark 12:38-44
in preparation for worship.
See you there,