What Jesus Did! 'Watch Out for Bad Bread!' — Mark 8:14-15

Thursday, May 16, 2024

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But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."
— Mark 8:14-15 NLT

Key Thought

Don't you just love the way Jesus helps his disciples move from temporal concerns and physical needs to spiritual and eternal issues? How often do we get so bogged down in the physical details that we lose sight of spiritual truths? Let's ask Jesus to take us deeper into what is truly life, what is genuine spirituality. Let's not settle for worrying about temporal "stuff" that God has already promised to take care of for us!

Today's Prayer

O God, please forgive me. I confess that I sometimes get anxious about things that that are not eternal. I sometimes get hung up on concerns that are not spiritual matters. Help me see the issues, needs, and concerns that are truly important. Help me focus on them! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 6:24-27
  • James 1:5-11
  • Matthew 6:31-34


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Illustration of Mark 8:14-15 NLT — "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.