5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.” 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Sometimes I wonder if Jesus was tempted to give up on parables and metaphors! However, I think the reason the disciples and the crowds were hard of hearing is because they simply were not attuned to the spiritual frequency Jesus was communicating on.
The disciples seem to be worried here about immediate and physical concerns, like food in their belly. Jesus was concerned with the state of their heart and soul.
I can be just the same as the disciples, my mind occupied with things of the ‘flesh’, ignorant to more pressing spiritual concerns.
Jesus’ warning to the disciples is for me as well. I need to be careful of the teaching that I am ‘ingesting’. Teaching spreads and becomes pervasive. The Pharisees and Sadducees actually had completely different theologies, yet both groups had lost any sense of true humility and intimacy before God in Worship. Their teaching was devoid of the Spirit of God.
“Lord, help me right now to become aware of any teaching that is becoming pervasive in my life, but not of your Spirit – wherever it might be coming from: friends, TV, the internet, etc.
[Pause to allow God to speak].
“Lord, may I be pervaded by your voice, and may the Scriptures be the source of life teaching for me and my family. Amen”
Written by Andrew Mellor