PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 16:5-12
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.