Matthew 16:5–12 (ESV)
The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and
Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing
among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves
for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then
they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Sometimes we forget that God is
God and this is what has happened in today’s reading. Jesus was not talking about bread, but faith. The Pharisees and Sadducees lacked faith and were forgetting all the miracles that Jesus has performed. It was there teachings and lack
of faith that they were told to beware. We too live in a world that is forgetting God.
I pray: O Lord, help me to share the love of God to all people
and that they need Him. Amen.