The second woe which Jesus shared with the religious leaders of his day was the woe of oppression. (Matt 23:14) says “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” Thus, this woe of oppression was meant to keep people down. It was meant to keep people under their authority through religion and rituals, but not through faith in Jesus Christ; and when you start robbing widows of their property as many of these leaders did in that day oppression is not far away. Not only did these religious leaders take property that didn’t belong to them but they also would spend as much as nine hours a day in prayer. Thus, Jesus told them they would receive the greater damnation because they stood as teachers of the law during that time. In fact, they professed to be the mouthpiece of God in that day. Thus, those of us who are ministers of the Gospel (mouthpiece of God) must be very careful not to oppress the people through hypocritical living or teaching that doesn’t line up with the word because we too will receive the greater damnation.
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