Mark 8

“Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees” Jesus warned the disciples of the yeast of the Pharisees – Jesus was referring to the influence & teaching of the Pharisees (Matt. 16:12). A small amount of yeast can affect a large amount of bread dough when they are mixed. Yeast was a common Jewish metaphor for an invisible, pervasive influence. It often, as here, connoted a corrupting influence. The destructive nature of false teaching is warned against all through scripture! It will be the influence of these teachers that turn a crowd that praised Jesus to cry “crucify him!” Personally I get very angry about false teaching, it can be so destructive. What do you think?

3 comments

  • missliz

    False teaching can happen so easily and enter very quietly. Satan is great at mixing a little truth to the mix to make it palatable and ,again, appeal to our “feelings”. Sadly, it often originates from within the body not from without.

  • Jerry

    I find it interesting that Jesus lesson on “false teaching” comes right before verses 31-33 were he has to rebuke Peter for not accepting The “true teaching” on His real mission. Jesus then enters into some of His hardest teachings on “denying self” and following Him. We must accept the truth ofHis Word regardless of how we “feel” about the words.

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