The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!!!
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.
Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.” But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees…….. Matthew 16:1-12
Here we read of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to Jesus for a Sign and Jesus warning to His Disciples to Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Let us therefore open our Hearts lest We become Corrupt by this Leaven.
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven: It seems to me that the Pharisees and Sadducees will not give up in finding faults with Jesus. They are never eager to sit at Jesus feet like Mary to learn from Him. They have the greatest Preacher in the world right in their midst but all they do is test Him. So it is also today, There are Wonderful godly Men not many but few here and there across the World who stand for the Truth and speak God’s word without compromise and Yet all that Many believers seek to do is to find fault and criticize them. They would have gotten so much more if they had sat down at the feet of these Men and Learn what God had to teach them. Check Your Heart, if when you listen to a Preacher, You are always finding Fault in whatever they say instead of learning to see what God had for You. If you think the Preacher is not godly, it is better not to waste Your time listening to Him at all. So the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Him saying, “Show us a Sign from Heaven” As if Jesus was a Magician going around giving magic show. His Miracles were not Magic shows. There are many who do Miracles today just like Magic show just to excite their hearers instead of to bless and serve the people. Moreover, what Miracles do they need to see again? Haven’t they seen enough? Even Nicodemus who was a Pharisees said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.(John 3:2)” So what other Signs do they need? They despised all the Great Miracles of Healing He has done and insist on a new sign from Heaven to satisfy the curiosity of their Hearts. Do you know that if you seek for a Sign, You are Exactly Like the Pharisees and Sadducees? Shame on us if in God’s eyes, we are no different from them!!!
He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times: Let Me paraphrase what Jesus was saying Here, He said, “You guys are so sharp when it comes to forecasting the Weather but You are totally Blind in your heart to spiritual things” It is More important to understand the time in which we live. The Children of Israel did not understand the sign of the time they were, that is why they missed the Messiah. We also need to discern the time in which we live lest we miss the second coming of the Lord. We are in that time of the great falling away from Faith that the Apostles spoke about(1 Thessalonians 2:3).We are in that time where many deceiving Spirit and Doctrines of Demons are out to take people away from the Faith(1 Timothy 4:1). Do you recognize that the drift we see in Today’s Christianity from Godliness and Holiness to Entertainment is one of the signs of the great fallen away?, when people are more interested in prosperity, money and Healing than in Holiness. And churches try to cover it up with supporting things like orphanage and Bible schools and Mission works but really their hearts is set on their own covetousness. Let us therefore discern the Signs of the time we live lest the Lord comes to us like a thief in the night. Let us cast away all the works of darkness and purify ourselves just as Jesus is pure(1 John 3:3)
A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.: Do you know that it is not a Spiritual thing to seek for miracle? There are many people seeking for Miracles and signs today and they need to hear this Words of Jesus, “A wicked and Adulterous Generation seeks for Signs”. We are not suppose to seek God for a Miracle or Sign. If you do? Then you are part of this Evil and Adulterous Generation. We are to seek for that which will glorify God. If God wants to do a Miracle, He will do it. It is up to Him. He is not going to do an attesting miracle according to our own will and fantasies. The only Sign that would be given is the Sign of Prophet Jonah. This is the Sign of resurrection(Read #Day 80- Three Days and Three Nights!!!). The Sign of resurrection is far more important than Miracles. The Sign of Resurrection is the primary Sign that God wants the World to know. We are called to be witnesses of His Resurrection not His Miracles(Acts 4:33).
Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”: The Disciples forgot to take Bread along on their Journey. So in their minds, they were thinking about Bread. So when Jesus said, “Take heed and Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” they were like, Jesus was rebuking Us for been foolish not to have taken some bread along”. It is amazing to see that when our mind is occupied with Earthly things, we think that God’s word is always speaking to us about Earthly things. The interpretation we get from God’s word is an indication of what fills our mind. If your mind is set on becoming Godly and Holy, the interpretation You will get from God’s word will always point you to Godliness and Holiness. But if your mind is set on wealth and prosperity in material things, then your interpretation of God’s word will point towards that direction. All You need to do to know what fills a Man’s Heart is to see how He interprets God’s word. Jesus was not concerned whether they had bread or not, He was speaking something Spiritual but they were thinking about Bread because they heard Leaven(Yeast). Let us therefore take heed lest when we read God’s word, we begin to think He is talking about Physical things for the World is filled with a lot of Preachers like that. Please don’t increase that number!!!
But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. :When the Lord became aware of it, He rebuked them!! Not because they forgot Bread but because they Lack faith in His abilities to create Bread from Nothing. He reminded them of how He had fed 5000 and 4000 Multitudes and how many were left as Extra. Our lack of faith mostly comes because we are quick to forget what the Lord as done for us in the past. If we bring to remembrance all that the Lord has done for us in the past, it will strengthen our faith in any present situation we find ourselves. Shame on us, if the Lord had to say to us, “How is it that You did not understand that I did not speak to You about Bread!!!” we can always trust the Lord for our Material necessities. With the inflation rate going high, we can be worried about so many things, and you need to hear this words from Jesus, “You men of little faith, Can’t you trust Me. Why don’t you give your Life to seeking the Kingdom of God first and I will take care of your needs” The Lord will take care of the needs of His people!!! What You need to Beware of is not your lack of bread but the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Leaven of the Pharisees is far more dangerous than not having bread to eat.
What is the Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees which Jesus puts A Danger Warning Signal on saying, “BEWARE!!!”. According to Luke 12:1, Jesus says, ” Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is HYPOCRISY.” The Doctrines of the Pharisees were correct but their Life was wrong. Jesus says concerning the Pharisees in Matthew 23:3 “Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do”. The Pharisees preach things they never do in their lives. This is Hypocrisy!!! To give an impression to people that You are far more spiritual than You really are. To say High Spiritual Language but live at a lower standard of Life. Talking about things which are not true in Your Life. Just like Leaven(Yeast) Makes Bread Looks Big on the outside but emptiness inside. We as Christ Disciples needs to be very careful of Hypocrisy for We have a reputation before people as being very Spiritual. Beware of Hypocrisy!!! For it is far more Dangerous than not having bread to eat!!! It is better to Die of Hunger than to have a smell of Hypocrisy in your Life. The Second thing is the Leaven of the Sadducees. The Sadducees are those who do not believe in the Spirits, Angels, resurrection, and the Supernatural(Acts 23:6-8). Their Doctrines were wrong unlike the Pharisees whose Doctrines were rights.
In summary, Jesus gave us two warnings, which are” Beware of False Doctrines, and Beware of a False Life”. Just like Paul told Timothy, “Take Heed to Your Life and to Your Doctrines!!! For this is the way to save Yourself and those who Hear You(1 Timothy 4:16). And Guess what, the most dangerous thing is a False Life because if you have a False Doctrine, it can easily be spotted. But when You have a false Life, You can get credit for being a Godly person in the eyes of Men and ruin yourself. I repeat, “Take heed and Beware of a False Life and a Wrong Doctrine!!!” As Disciples of the Lord, we must be Extremely Careful of these two things. Even if you don’t have bread to it, make sure you don’t have a False Life contrary to what You claim to be. And there should be no False Doctrines in Your Life also.
Dear Friend, Only a Wicked and Adulterous generation Seek after Signs and Miracles from the Lord. Don’t add to that number!! Leave it to God to show Miracles when He wishes. As for You, Seek His Glory and be a Witnesses of His Resurrection. Display with Your Life and character to the world around you that Jesus is alive!!! Set Your mind on Spiritual things and don’t mistake the Promises of God’s word for Physical things. And Yet again I repeat, “Beware of a False Life and a Wrong Doctrine!!!” Take heed to Your own life first and Your Doctrine first!!! If Your Life and Doctrines are correct, that is When you will be able to lead others into a Life of Godliness and Holiness where they would rather chose to Die of Hunger than to Live a life of Hypocrisy!!! May the Lord give us Grace to take heed to our Life and our Doctrines(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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