What Jesus Did! 'Got it Wrong, Again!' — Matthew 16:5-7

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jesus and his followers went across the lake (Lake Galilee). But the followers forgot to bring bread. Jesus said to the followers, "Be careful! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." The followers discussed the meaning of this. They said, "Did Jesus say this because we forgot to bring bread?"
— Matthew 16:5-7 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 16:5-7 NLT — "Be careful! Guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the Sadducees."   ——   "Did Jesus say this because we forgot to bring bread?"

Key Thought

Sometimes I just don't understand how Jesus put up with them. The religious leaders were THE issue in his recent encounters with the crowds. They give Jesus a hard time. They try to test and entrap him. They are hypocritical. They are not looking for the truth. They are more concerned about the minutiae of their traditional law than they are the will of God or the needs of his people. But the disciples just don't get it. Their concern is their belly. They can't hear the deep things of God for being consumed by the growling in their guts.
But about the time I think, "How stupid can they be?" I remember myself and my short-sightedness and my weakness and my inability to see, hear, and understand the most simple and plain things about the Lord. I am indeed thankful that he is gracious. But then, that brings me back to the hypocritical religious leaders: I must avoid them, because they are not gracious since they don't know God, just their traditional law.

Today's Prayer

Give me a heart that is humble and tolerant, Almighty God. I recognize this weakness in my own character: I can see the faults in others more clearly than I can see the ones in my own life. Give me more holy insight into my own heart so that I may fully yield it to your control. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 12:15-17
  • Philippians 3:17-19
  • 1 Timothy 1:15-16


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.

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