Episode 060 – Bread of Life Pt 4: Yeast of the Pharisees
Key Passage(s): Mark 8:9-26
Following the feeding of the four thousand, Jesus and his disciples get into a boat and discuss the “Yeast of the Pharisees” after the disciples forget to bring bread. And then Jesus appears to heal a blind twice outside of Bethsaida, making one wonder if he made a mistake. And we’re left asking ourselves, “What is up with these bizarre stories?” Well, they’re bizarre if you lack knowledge of the feedings of the five thousand and four thousand. But since we’ve already tackled those, it’s time to put all of these pieces together and reveal what Jesus is teaching his disciples, and what he wants to teach us as well.
- What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
- What was Jesus’ point in saying that “the Kingdom of Heaven was like yeast?” And how did that factor into what he said about “watching out for the yeast of the Pharisees?”
- Where have you been like the disciples where you thought you saw clearly on something, but found out you didn’t? What happened that changed your perspective and allowed you to see more clearly?
- Many of the Pharisees believed that God’s love was only reserved for certain people. Where has that perspective infiltrated your life in how you view yourself or others?
- How are you doing in loving ALL people well? How could you love people better?
- Are there any areas in your life where you’re “affirming” God’s Word but “not living” it out as intentionally as you should or desire?
- How can you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
For Further Study
- Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels – see Chapter 25: The Geography of Forgiveness by John A. Beck
- Teaching Series Episode 015 – Loving God By Loving Others
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