Saturday 11 November, 2017

Mark 8:11-21

11 The Pharisees came and began to ask Jesus questions. They wanted to test him. So they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply. He said, “Why do you people ask for a sign? What I’m about to tell you is true. No sign will be given to you.” 13 Then he left them. He got back into the boat and crossed to the other side of the lake. 14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread. They had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees. And watch out for the yeast of Herod.” 16 They talked about this with each other. They said, “He must be saying this because we don’t have any bread.” 17 Jesus knew what they were saying. So he asked them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Why can’t you see or understand? Are you stubborn? 18 Do you have eyes and still don’t see? Do you have ears and still don’t hear? And don’t you remember? 19 Earlier I broke five loaves for the 5,000. How many baskets of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. 20 “Later I broke seven loaves for the 4,000. How many baskets of pieces did you pick up?” “Seven,” they answered. 21 He said to them, “Can’t you understand yet?”

Yesterday’s Daily Digest covered Jesus performing a miracle of the provision of food to feed 4000 people.

From that event word of the miracle spread fast and the Pharisees came to confronted Jesus demanding another miracle to prove to them he had authority from Heaven.

Jesus seems to have been deeply affected by their demands but instead of proving to them his authority to perform miracles he declined saying ‘they would not be given a sign’.

Later he said to his disciples “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees.”   If you are wondering what Jesus meant by this, it is clearly defined in Luke 12:1 as “hypocrisy”.

The word ‘hypocrisy’ in Jesus’s time meant to wear a mask and referred to a ‘stage actor’.  Simply put hypocrisy is when your words and actions don’t match.

This has left me thinking, what things am I saying that don’t match my actions. – For me the big one is making promises I don’t keep.

So, take the opportunity today to listen to what you are saying and judge for yourself, are you being true to your words.  Are you being deceptive in a way that hurts other people.

Lord, reveal to me today at least one way in which I am being hypocritical and given me the grace to change my life in this area.

Amen.

Written by David Newton

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