Luke 12:1–3 (ESV)
Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees
12 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up
that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
Jesus is warning his disciples against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. If we are not careful, it will rub off on us. As Christians, we are often accused of being hypocrites. Well, I agree with those who make that charge.
They need to realize that they too are probably hypocrites. We try to live and walk according to God’s will. Well, that is impossible. We keep trying to do the impossible. The only difference between Christian hypocrites and nonchristian
hypocrites is that Christians are forgiven. We are not condemned by our failures, but saved by our faith that God gave us.
In today’s reading Jesus says “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,
which is hypocrisy.” Leaven is basically yeast and causes flour to rise when making bread. Yeast, or leaven, is something that is added to flour. You can make bread without leaven. Now think of leaven as what man adds to God’s
Word or His laws. The leaven begins to rise and rise and with it comes hypocrisy.
The Lutheran Study Bibles states: “Jesus warns His disciples about the pitfalls of religious hypocrisy. Though
justified by faith, Christians still have a sinful nature and so struggle daily with the challenge of living the faith sincerely. Because we are frequently tempted to hypocrisy and sometimes fail in the struggle, it is comforting to hear that God knows us
as we truly are, yet remains committed to our repentance and our salvation. I pray: O Lord, You know me better than I know myself. Though aware of my many failures, You still love me and continue to forgive me. Receive my heartfelt thanks. Amen.”