Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything other than God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
Matthew 16:5-12 (NRSV)
When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
When I was growing up, my mom taught me how to cook. We had recipes to follow, but if we left out an ingredient, our finished product would not be very tasteful.
When the disciples forgot to bring bread to the other side of the lake, Jesus told them to watch out and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. They thought Jesus was speaking about the forgotten bread, but the yeast that the Lord was speaking of was the false statements many people hear and believe. Let no one deceive us with empty words. If a teaching seems unreasonable to us, then we should pray to the Lord for clarification and use our Bible scriptures for verification.
Jesus used yeast as an example of how a small amount of evil can affect a large group of people. So, we need to be careful of the things we hear and be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Today, there is a worldwide crowd that is searching for the truth to satisfy the hunger inside. Just remember, Jesus is the Bread of Life, and he wants us to trust him fully. So, let us be more diligent to follow recipes for our spiritual life.
Dear God, please help me to search for your truth and depend on you to satisfy my hunger inside. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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