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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beware the Yeast of the Pharisees (Pride and Arrogance)

In review of Mark 8:15 it says, "Jesus warned them, ‘Be careful! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

Bottom Line:
Jesus warns us  to take and be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees as well as the yeast of Herod.

What this means to me:
Jesus warns me to take and be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees as well as the yeast of Herod. In the Bible, yeast was used as a metaphor for pride and arrogance. When yeast is put into dough, it makes it It puff it up. If I put in too much, it will even blow up. In making bread, you don’t pour a cup of yeast in, you only need a little pinch. Just like yeast, I don’t have to have a lot of pride for it to take over quickly and get me into all kinds of problems. When I’m filled with pride, I can blow things out of proportion. All of a sudden, the little things will get me really upset. Whenever that happens, I should know I’m dealing with pride. Wherever we find conflict anywhere in the world, pride is always involved. When I’m filled with pride, when I have the yeast of the Pharisees, I won’t be able to see life clearly. Personally pride occurs when I think more highly of myself than I should. When I’m prideful, I can’t see what God is doing in my life because I’m so obsessed with my own self and not what God wants me to do. Overall, Jesus warns me to beware the “yeast of the Pharisees” so that I can more closely follow him and understand how he is working in my life.

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