Summary: Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees- build your faith upon the Word of God, not signs. Pay attention to the works of God in our lives.

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On Colorado’s Long Peak lie the remains of a giant 400-year-old tree. Age, storms, and avalanches couldn’t bring it down. What did? A tiny beetle you could crush under your foot. It ate right through the bark and devoured its heart.

Be careful of little things.

• Little attitudes; but if you practice them often enough, they become a part of you.

• Little indulgences; but if you give place to them long enough, they desensitize you to sin.

• Little wrong thoughts; but if you keep dwelling on them, they soon convince you it’s true.

Paul says in 1 Cor 5:6 “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?”

• Jesus’ warning here: “Be careful, watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

It started off when the disciples talked about not having enough food.

• There was only one small loaf in the boat and more than a dozen people onboard.

• The bible says they have forgotten – maybe one of the disciples has forgotten to stock up.

• It looked like any other ordinary event. People forget things. But to Jesus, it wasn’t.

Jesus saw a potential danger and gave the warning.

• It wasn’t about a lack of food – it was the way they think.

• Just before this Jesus did a miracle - miraculous feeding of a large crowd of 4000 people – and the disciples gathered up 7 baskets full of leftover bread.

• This was the 2nd time that Jesus did a miracle to feed large crowd – the first one was more than 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. They had 12 baskets of left over then.

• This time around, they had 7 baskets! Where did they go to? We do not know. The text was silent about it.

But critical in this story is this: Very soon after they collected so much, the disciples find themselves out of food and they were talking about the need!

• The past experiences with Jesus did not really change their perspectives of things.

• Jesus needed to remind them of His miracles of feeding the crowds.

• Have they forgotten? No! It wasn’t the problem of a loss of memory; it has to do with, according to Jesus, the “yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod”.

Yeast, or leaven, is a powerful fungus that can cause a lump of dough to rise into bread

• A very small amount and it can cause a huge change. The word is being used in the Bible to describe corruption or evil.

• It was not just yeast but the yeast of the Pharisees – Jesus was referring to the corrupting influence of the Pharisees.

• What kind of influence? Of unbelief.

The disciples did not suffer a loss of memory and couldn’t recall the miracles of feeding the crowds.

• They know but couldn’t understand. They have eyes but cannot see; ears and cannot hear.

• Despite what they have gone through, they were worried about not having enough bread.

That’s why Jesus responded: “Why are you talking about bread?”

• The problem wasn’t with the bread. It was their unbelieving mindset.

• They are acting and thinking like the Pharisees.

• Jesus warned them to be careful, not to let the ways and attitudes of the Pharisees corrupt their hearts and minds.

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