PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 8:14-21
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” (Mark 8:15)
What happens when people misunderstand something, but think they do understand?
If their interpretation is wrong, yet they promote that misinterpretation?
It is like yeast, a small amount that somehow infects the dough, expanding it.
What if it is the disciples who are hardened (v.17) and do not understand (v.21)?
“Watch out” says Jesus, it can happen to you too.
We all read the same bible, yet we all interpret it so differently.
We all are hardened in some ways, and we all misunderstand it uniquely.
But when we push that arrogance and ignorance on others, then it infects others too.
In the debates and disagreements of today, ‘yeast’ continues to spread.
Each side says that it is the other side that is doing the infecting, leading astray.
“Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?” (Mark 8:18)
Yes we all do, and so pay attention (“watch out”) for your own arrogance and ignorance.
I don’t have to believe everything other people say, and they don’t have to believe me.
We all need to be humble and self-aware, knowing that we have our own yeast to deal with.
Lord, all this makes me realize how cautious I need to be when sharing what I think and believe. Help me to stay humble, open to other perspectives, and aware of the limits of my opinions.