12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[a] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
* Thousands of people surrounded Jesus, yet he spoke these words specifically to his disciples.
* Jesus warns the disciples about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Jesus refers to it as the “yeast” of the Pharisees. Yeast may be good for bread but not for the disciple of Christ ie. avoid being light and fluffy or lacking in substance and fake.
* Jesus warns that at some point in the future true
intentions will be revealed.
The phrase “lip service” jumps to mind here! God so desires truth in our hearts and lives. That we be true to him and ourselves ie. our words and actions are aligned. We don't say one thing and think or do another.
Lord help me to live an honest life in thought, word and action before you and others, amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods