“One bad apple” comes to mind when Jesus warns against wrong teachings in Mark.
Right or wrong, listening to authority figures affects the way we think, and the way we live.
So, be careful.
Jesus teaches us this by way of mentioning the yeast in the verses below.
The lesson also mentions miracles, and whether we, and the disciples, can still believe. So, read on to see what Jesus says in Mark 8 about wrong teachings..
Jesus Warns Against Wrong Teachings – He Says “Beware“
“And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them.
And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.
And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand?
Do you have a hardened heart?
Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?
And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?”
They said to Him, “Twelve.”
“When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?”
And they said to Him, “Seven.”
And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?” – Mark 8:14-21 NASB
Jesus talks about wrong teachings
When Jesus mentions yeast in these verses, He refers to the evil taught by some of the religious and political leaders of the day.
Just as small amount of yeast causes bread to rise, a few false teachers can put the seeds of doubt into a multitude of people.
Disciples Had a Tough Time Believing Too!
The disciples experienced so many of Jesus’ miracles, such as the feeding of the five thousand (As for me, this is one of the most impressive miraculous feats in the Bible).
Even so, they were still slow to believe He could repeat the process.
Are we sometimes like the disciples?
Even though Christ has led us through some of our most hurtful times, we are still skeptical that He can continue to help us in the future.
Keep your faith, and God will follow through!
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16.
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