Matthew 16:6, 12 ‘Be careful,’ Jesus said to them. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’ 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.
I think it was the Apostle Paul who said, ” a little yeast in the dough impacts or infects the whole loaf.” This is not a blog about the dangers of getting a biological yeast infection but it does relate to the body. This is not about what could happen to a woman’s body but rather what is happening to the body of Christ. We have a yeast infection.
Jesus warned his disciples to look out for the “yeast of the Pharisees.” They thought they were in trouble for not bringing enough bread on the trip. We make the same mistake. We think ministry is successful as long as their is bread but you can have bread and still have a yeast problem. You can have a lot of members and a big budget and still have a yeast problem.
When the Jewish people made bread for the Passover meal, they were to make bread without yeast. It reminded them of when God delivered them from Egypt. When God delivered them, he did it so swiftly the bread didn’t have time to rise. They always make Passover bread without yeast. Our ministry today, our Christians today have too much yeast in them. That is, they have too much of us and not enough God. Our egos are too inflated for God to be able to get any credit for the deliverance of his people.
Jesus warned his followers to be careful of getting a yeast infection by avoiding the teachings of the Pharisees. Here’s some of their teachings that could help you avoid a yeast infection.
1. Do as I say not as I do. Pharisees liked to come up with burdensome rules for living righteous that they couldn’t even live out. Our lives should reflect what we believe.
2. They like to make long prayers to impress people. Don’t use your spirituality to try to put on a show. Let the love of Christ show up in you.
3. They like rules over relationship. Jesus practiced situational ethics. When people needed grace he extended it even when the rules called for punishment.
4. They were self righteous. They thought they were better than the people they served. Jesus taught us to always check ourselves for yeast. Pride comes before the fall. Stay humble.
5. They were mean. How can you say you love God whom you have never seen and hate your brother you see everyday. Forgiveness is the medicine that keeps yeast off of your heart.
Search me and if you find any yeast in me, take it out right now. I don’t want to be some fake religious leader with an over inflated ego insecure about my relevancy. Instead I want to be the same humble vessel you decided to use for your Glory. Help me to feed your people the bread of life and not pieces of my ego. Keep me yeast free.
In Jesus Name,