Genesis 17, Matthew 16, Nehemiah 6, Acts 16

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 17, Matthew 16, Nehemiah 6, Acts 16. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Matthew 16:1-12.

After Jesus refused to give the Pharisees and Sadducees the sign they asked from him, Jesus spoke a warning to his disciples in verse 6. His warning was “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (v. 6b). The image of “yeast” puzzled the disciples. In fact, they were so confused by Christ’s word picture that they had to talk it over before they could decide what it might mean (v. 7). And, when they settled on a meaning, they were far to literal. Their interpretation focused too much on the word “yeast” and what that might mean and not enough on the words “Pharisees and Sadducees.” Christ scolded the disciples and reminded them that he was capable of feeding everyone (vv. 9-11a). Then he repeated his warning in verse 11b. The disciples finally understood that the image of “yeast” corresponded to the “teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (v. 12). 

  • Why do you think Christ compared the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees to yeast?
  • What does the idea that “false doctrine is similar to yeast” suggest about our exposure to false doctrine—is it neutral or harmful or what?
  • What attitude did Jesus specifically command his disciples to have toward the yeasty doctrines of the Pharisees & Sadducees?
  • What does this suggest about the content we allow to influence our understanding of and and relationship with God?
  • How do we apply as passage like this to our daily lives?

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.