November 25, 2017
Read: Matthew 15:32-16:12
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Scripture- Matthew 16:11- "Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’”
Observations- Leaven was a symbol of evil, and Jesus didn't mince words when it came to various opponents who wanted to take Him out- literally- of this world. The Pharisees were so legalistic that they had no mercy and grace to offer people in great need of love, forgiveness, and relief, but the Sadducees denied key truths that led people astray- like the resurrection from the dead and the Kingdom of Heaven being inaugurated here and and now in Jesus.
Application- We talk a lot about truth and grace. The truth without grace is a battering ram that makes our souls bitter and small. Grace without truth pretends to offer genuine love, but it's a false god that misses the mark of God's full intention for our lives. Beware the yeast of truth without grace and grace without truth. How are you encouraging the truth and grace of the Good News to walk together as friends in your life?
Prayer- God, don't let me be so rigid and legalistic that people are unable to see Jesus at work in my life, and don't let me be so careless with the truth of the gospel that I lead others down a path of destruction. Let the yeast in my life produce growth that glorifies You, helps me enjoy You forever, and points people You love so much to Jesus as Savior and Lord, Forgiver and Friend. Amen.
The Truth of God matters. The Grace of God matters,
P. S. - Tomorrow will be our last opportunity to collect canned fruit for the Brandon Gift of Hope. Our toy collection is for children ages 3 to 5 year olds. New Hope also oversees the client hospitality area. We need people to bring in muffins, sandwiches, cheesesticks, cookies, and other finger foods to feed hungry families as they wait for their turn. If you would like to provide some goodies, contact Carolyn Bass at .