Week 43 Be on Guard
August 5, 2013
Be on Guard
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard
against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
- Matthew 16: 6
In one of the days when Jesus was yet to be in the city of Jerusalem, some of the Pharisees and also the Sadducees came to him for a common purpose. They were those who have been watching Jesus’ every move. They have differences that they stand for among themselves being acknowledge for who they are in the society but although this was the case, they lie in the same boat of looking falsely to Jesus. Their sights were on him and it wasn’t for anything good. Nothing for the betterment of the Lord’s walk while he was still here on earth was in their ways. They were constantly seeking something that can be use against him. They don’t agree to what Jesus was doing since it was not accustomed to their tradition and old ways.
They came to him in a particular day with the same desire of perhaps catching Jesus of something they can testify against him being the shrewd fellow they were. It was a time when even though the people have seen how Jesus have fed a multitude, they still pursue their actions contrary to the Lord’s works. They don’t consider their ways as seen by the people. They asked for a sign but Jesus said to them: “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red’ and in the morning ‘It will be foul weather today for the sky is red and lowering.’ O ye, hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seek after a sign and none shall be given it but the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Then, he left and departed.
The Sadducees and Pharisees were groups of people regarded solely in the society. They were known to be such figures of authority that many treated them highly. Though they share this kind of consideration by the public, one can identify such by what he accounts for. When it comes to the things that go beyond the life of an ordinary person, they have their own thoughts to say of it. They were very attentive when it comes to such matters and to offend them would mean an unwell treatment by them. The Pharisees believed in angels and the resurrection while the Sadducees did not. They believed that the Messiah would come but was blinded by their ways to see that the Lord did come and it was Jesus whom the scriptures have been written for. Both were experts of the first five books also known as the Torah. On the other hand, the Sadducees were more particular of it being their basis of not believing in the things unseen since such were not written in the Torah. They did not believe in spirits and regarded more to reality of things that can be seen. However, in all these, Jesus saw the error that was in their ways. Being more pursuant to honor themselves above others, they tend to be more self-seeking. They put themselves above others and reasons to justify their wrong doings only constitute to no less of what their past can say of it.
Being aware of this, as Jesus along with his disciples were on their way, he warned them in regard of these. He knew how they have been looking for things in contrast to his works. Their hidden objectives were not so hidden to him at all. He told his disciples to be on guard about the yeast of them. Of course, the Pharisees and Sadducees were not bread makers that they should put much of such in their houses. Jesus was preferring to something else. The disciples at first did not understand what the Lord was saying. They thought that it was a matter of what one takes to satisfy his hunger. Later did they knew that he was not talking to them about bread that one eats but it was about their teachings that they should be on the lookout for.
When Jesus said this to make them be aware, one of the disciples thought he was speaking of this because they have brought no bread. Jesus knew of this that he told them see clearly what he was really preferring to. He asked them of the time five and four thousand people were fed before them how many baskets they were able to take as leftovers. Looking closely, when on the five thousand people that were fed, they have taken in twelve baskets of leftovers. It was definitely more than they can handle and it came from when Jesus blessed the fished and breads that was handed to him by a boy. He blessed the food and soon passed some to his disciples to be distributed to the people. On the four thousand, they had seven basket that were left.
Jesus warned his disciples about teachings that will not help in lifting one’s faith up. Jesus loved his disciples that he wanted them to live their lives in accordance to what is right. Aside from this, they were in his prayers and as he have desire for them to be righteous and faithful, to live a life more abundantly in accordance to his word, so it is that he longs it to be in everybody as he loves us so much.