Beware of the leavening
of the Pharisees
by Dave Havir
BIG SANDY, Texas -- What a wonderful time of the year. Recently disciples of Jesus Christ commemorated the death of the Lord -- with the New Testament symbols given to us by Christ on the night He was betrayed.
How many years have you commemorated with those symbols?
I have had the opportunity for 43 years, and I realize that many of you have done so for longer than that. What a blessing.
Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7).
We partook of the symbols after sundown on Sunday night.
We meditated about His suffering until His death at 3 p.m. on Monday.
Then we had the opportunity to keep the Days of Unleavened Bread.
During those days, we reflected upon our response to God's magnificent grace.
Jesus gave a warning
There are many lessons that can be rehearsed during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Jesus taught a lesson in Matthew 16.
Matthew 16:12: "Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
To what specific doctrine of Pharisees or Sadducees was Jesus referring? In actuality, Jesus was referring to their general approach toward doctrine.
Using the law as a weapon
A famous example is found in John 8:1-11. Pharisees used the beautiful writings of Moses to condemn a sinner. As you know, their accusation was not really directed at the woman. Their heart was to accuse Christ.
Modern-day Pharisees will use any part of the Bible (including writings in the law of God) to elevate themselves and to accuse other people.