Jesus opens his prophecy of end-time judgment with a severe critique of the religious establishment of his day--the same establishment that had been challenging him in the previous chapter... View the entire commentary
Religion for Show
Teachers of the law are literally "scribes," which throughout the Empire included those who wrote legal documents for others, but in Judea and Galilee included educated teachers who instructed children in the law and in some cases taught adults as well... View the entire commentary
Woes Against Human Religion
Jesus' woes are the angry laments of wounded love, incited by compassion for those whom religious leaders have led astray (see 23:37)... View the entire commentary
Impending Judgment on the Religious Establishment
Many of us today do not like to preach on judgment, but the prophets of Scripture, including Jesus, heavily emphasized warnings about judgment... View the entire commentary
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