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July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017

"Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees!"

“Then Jesus left the Pharisees and went in the boat to the other side of the lake.  His followers had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat; they had forgotten to bring more.  Jesus warned them, ‘Be careful!  Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’  His followers discussed the meaning of this, saying, ‘He said this because we have no bread.’”  Mark 8: 13 – 16 NCV

In the Bible, yeast is often a metaphor for pride and arrogance.  Why?  When you put yeast in dough, what does it do?  It puffs up.  If you put too much yeast in, it blows up!  

When you’re making bread you just put in a little yeast.  Just like yeast, you don’t have to have a lot of pride for it to take over quickly and get you into all kinds of problems.  When you’re filled with pride, you tend to blow things out of proportion.  

What Jesus was saying to the disciples is simply that the Pharisees were too proud.  They failed to see the message of God and the meaning of it, even though they prided themselves on knowing everything.  You see, that was the problem.  They couldn’t see because they wouldn’t look.  

Whenever you find yourself in conflict, pride is very often involved.  When you’re filled with pride, you can’t see life clearly.

God wants you to beware the “yeast of the Pharisees” so that you can more closely follow Him and understand how He is working a miracle in your life.  He’s working it there right now, even if you can’t see it.  Trust Him!

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don