Regarding gift-giving, I think this poem just about says it all:
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The incident I’m thinking about is found in John 11:41-48 regarding the religious leaders’ (chief priests & Pharisees) response after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. When they heard the news of his resurrection, they instigated a plot to kill Jesus (John 11:49-53).
They caved in under the pressure of praise and popularity, being afraid of loosing their position of power and wealth within the Roman government.
They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:42-43).
Men have not changed this manner of thinking in the 21st Century. Most still love the praise of men more than the praise of God.
This is a dangerous state to be found in (Acts 12:20-23).