Mar 12:38-40 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces (39) and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, (40) who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
The bigwigs among the Jews in Jesus’ day, the scribes and Pharisees, were typically RASNs (revilers, abusers, sociopaths, narcissists). They lived to be acclaimed, using a religion which was given by God for His glory and for the blessing of Abraham’s descendants, for their own glory. Many fake Christian leaders play that same old game today.
Another thing they did was abuse the helpless. They devoured the estates of widows. This is an evil which the Lord particularly hates and which will bring His wrath upon these sharks-
Exo 22:22-24 You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. (23) If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, (24) and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.
How can a person take such advantage of someone like a poor widow? Even to the point of seizing her house! Instead of helping such a one, they preyed upon her. How is this possible? The answer is, these kind of wicked wolves have no conscience and no empathy. They are energized by doing evil to the helpless.
Psa 36:1-4 To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD. Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. (2) For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. (3) The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. (4) He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
Pro 4:16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
We do not easily understand this. The mind of these kind works very differently than ours. If we have done wrong, if we would have made lots of money through criminal means, we would not be able to sleep. But these wolves are unable to sleep when they haven’t wronged anyone that day!! They feed on evil. They prey on the helpless and then that night on their bed they plot how they can victimize someone else the next day. And so haughty are they, that their deeds will never be found out. This makes them fools.
Most of you can still see and hear the steely, cold, unsympathetic demeanor and words of the RASN who targeted you. And as you have gradually awakened to the nature of this beast, you probably have recalled other earlier times when that vacuum of empathy evidenced itself – but you didn’t realize what it was.
This is something we must all become wise to. It is a hallmark of evil. When you see, in perhaps even just a few seconds, a dark cloud come over someone who you thought was a friend, someone you thought loved you, and you get a glimpse behind the mask, don’t disregard it. We all sin against one another sometimes, but we are grieved and apologize for what we have done. But this steely coldness is very different. It is of the devil. It treats you as you are nothing. Walk away from such a person.