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September 29 - Evening

"How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But 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.

-Matthew 16:11-12

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Teaching and Doctrine are to Life What Yeast is to Bread


Yeasts are microorganisms classified in the Fungi kingdom. Yeast permeates the dough and
converts the sugars into carbon dioxide. This gas causes the dough to rise when pockets or
bubbles of gas are formed. The presence of yeast affects the whole batch of dough. The yeast determines what the bread will look like.  Even though yeast is small and produces invisible
gas its presence will leave a visible impression on the bread.

Jesus and the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee to dock at Bethsaida on their way to Caesarea Philippi. Apparently, the disciples had forgotten to bring bread for the trip but had not
yet told Jesus.  In the boat on their way to Bethsaida Jesus says, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Because the disciples are so concerned with having forgotten to
bring bread and, most likely, are blaming each other for the oversight (Think children traveling
in the back seats of the family van!) they miss Jesus’ point completely thinking he has
discovered (or, divinely knows) of their blunder.

Instead Jesus was warning against the teaching of the groups that opposed his claim to being
the Messiah. Jesus was not warning against the scriptures that the Pharisees and Sadducees
used, but against their teaching and commentary concerning those scriptures. 

Poor teaching, inaccurate interpretation, or selectively twisting verses out of context is dangerous
and is much more destructive than many recognize. Bad doctrine is just like the microorganism called yeast, which is virtually invisible and produces a gas that is unperceivable. The effect of
yeast altars the final shape, texture and taste of the bread. So does Bible teaching, doctrine and theology altar the thoughts, words and actions of a believer. Some Christians may be completely unaware of its presence, but teaching (or, lack thereof) does leave a visible impression on the life
of a believer.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Lord, make me see your glory in every place.” – Michelangelo



Something to Ponder??
The largest five groups of Christians are:
Roman Catholic (1 billion); Greek Orthodox (230 million); Baptists (100 million); Lutherans (87 million); Methodist (75 million); Reformed (75 million).
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Sunathleo (Gr) - Striving (Eng) - Sunathleo is built from the root word athleo
which means "to strive" or "to contend." We get our word "athlete" from athleo.
The prefix sun- means "together." The word sunathleo then means "to strive together"
or "to contend together." It is the picture of two or more athletes working together as a
team instead of as individuals to win the championship or to achieve the goal.
Paul uses the word sunathleo in Philippians 1:27:
"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence,
I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, 
striving (sunathleo) together as one for the faith of the gospel."
  The tomb of Philip (Acts 8; 21:8) has been discovered in Hierapolis where he is recorded as having been martyred. A first-century Roman tomb in Hierapolis
was found inside a church
that had been built around Philip's tomb in the 300's.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Living the Christian life is a team sport.
Am I not only "striving" to live as a Christian, but am I "striving together"
with my team to live as Christians?
I will work with other Christians to contend for victory in the Christian life together.
  "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction."
- Proverbs 29:18
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