Specific Text - Mark 11:15-18
The chief priests and teachers of the law - the establishment class of that day and age - show their true colors in this passage. Initially in the gospels, they portray themselves as being the protectors of God's Law, out to stop anyone who might trespass against God.
But in v18, we discover their true motivation:
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
They were upset because the crowd was more enthralled with Jesus than with them. They were envious.
Envy is one of the most insidious temptations there is. It is what snagged Adam & Eve in the garden, and it's what keeps these outwardly righteous Jews from experiencing salvation when Jesus stood only inches away from them. If this temptation is powerful enough to entrap these people, you must always be on guard from it as well.
Prayer for the day: Dear Father in heaven, help me be aware of my ongoing tendency to be envious of other people, and even envious of you at times. Fill my heart with your Spirit, cause me to be content with the many, many blessings you have given me, and help me to share my blessings with others rather than being envious of them. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.