Knowing Jesus helps us discern the yeast


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Be careful, be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:6)
Jesus is using a metaphor to convey an idea.
A metaphor is when you explain one thing by comparing it to another thing.
In this case, the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees is like yeast or leaven.
Only a small dose of it can infect and impact a whole loaf of bread.
Their teaching was religious, it was understood as ‘orthodoxy’.
And yet their teaching was closed to Jesus, the promised messiah.
Jesus is warning them to beware; what do I need to beware of?
Are my religious ideas, even my ‘orthodox’ ideas, keeping me from Jesus?
Errors in our thinking and faith will be subtle, yet can cause great damage.
Jesus offers Himself as our test for truth, to help us discern God’s way.
Does what we think, say or do reflect the way of Jesus, or the way of religion?
In my experience, religious thinking often penetrates the way of the church.
It is subtle, it can sound ‘orthodox’, yet it does not look or feel like Jesus.
The better we know Jesus, the better we can be on guard against bad teaching.
Lord Jesus, help me to know You so well that I can sense truth from error, wisdom from folly, by comparing it to what I know of You.


  1. Yeast = influence – what are the things that penetrate and influence me – especially thought patterns, pictures, articles and comments on the internet, what I read, movies I watch – they all influence me. So does God’s word – but when I think about it – how out-of-balance I am. I need more of God and less of society/mammon. Beware of the yeast! I rallying cry to get more of Jesus and less of all the others!

  2. What a hilarious, realistic and relevant passage!!

    I love being able to picture the confusion of the disciples after Jesus’ response to their confession that they had forgotten the bread –

    Jesus: “Watch and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, the Saducees.”
    Disciples, nodding amongst themselves with expressions of deep thought: “uh hmmm yessss yes.. because we didn’t bring bread!”
    Jesus: *facepalms* “…these guys…”

    Lord I am reminded of how quickly I forget your awesome works in my life. I’m reminded how each passing trial leaves me quaking as if I’ve never witnessed your power with my own eyes! Thank for your patience, your repetition in teaching and all the blessings that are yet to come.

    Help me not use any other leaven to bake my bread.

  3. Lord Jesus forgive me for forgetting that it is only YOU I need to know more, to be more of, to have more and more … so that I expand and rise as I am baked and be a blessing to as many and enlarge my territory. O Holy Spirit please help me stay tune to this always. Help me live every moment all for Jesus, all with Jesus, and all in Jesus. Amen

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