The scribes probably knew the scriptures better than anyone because they knew the laws. To demonstrate how powerful of a contrast there is between believing in Jesus “Christ” or just the law, Jesus warns the people of the scribes.
“Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” (Luke 20:46, 47 NKJV)
Long robes, greetings in the marketplace, best seats in the synagogues, and best seats at feasts. What do these all have in common? Status… If we live for status unto ourselves, we are not honoring God. In the NIV version, the scribes are actually referred to as teachers of the law. They knew the law and, therefore, they thought highly of themselves and were treated with great reverence.
However, our knowledge of the law or scripture should not be the end goal. The goal should be to give our heart to God. If we can do that, we can learn to walk in obedience. We can learn to care for others and see them as God does. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. It is good to understand scripture and law, but those who live by the law and not of the Son of Man are still dead. They have not taken on the new man.
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that atoned for our sins. Let us not be as the scribes, for the punishment will be great.