Are we Leaven or Unleaven?

This morning, reading in Matthew, I find interesting the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducces, their self- righteousness and Christ’s teachings and His comparison to leaven bread.

Because of their own self- righteousness, lack of reading, understanding, believing and obeying God’s Word, some have professed and gone astray in their belief by following the doctrine of legalism and have become skeptics in Christ and His teachings. As stated in Matthew 16:11-12, Jesus speaks of their doctrines, their attitudes and perspectives towards the teachings of Christ as the Messiah.

Here in Matthew Jesus used the word leaven (yeast) (or as Jesus was referring to – sin) that had infiltrated in the self-rightheous Pharisees and Sadducces teachings and their lifestyle. Just as a little leaven in bread can cause the whole loaf to rise so is the comparision of a little leaven (sin) in the Pharisees or Sadducces to spoil a person. This leaven /yeast in bread instigates a decay process and thus symbolizes false doctrine.

Jesus was teaching a new way to be made right with God. In reality He was saying out with the old and in with the new. This new (covenant) was to be by faith in Christ alone and not man made laws and ideas. The religious teachers of that day (Pharisees and Sadducces) were adding (you might say leaven/yeast to there teachings) bringing about a decaying process into their lives and the lives of their hearers. These religious leaders were full of pride and did not want anyone messing with (their) kingdom.

Now comes a man teaching of a new way into the Kingdom of God, through Jesus Christ, alone. This would take down that of the old teachings of the very lives of these Religious leaders and bring in a new way of living, interrupting their own comfortable lives and way of doing things.

The Gospel, or Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, was now to be the way of life. Through Christ, His shed blood and redeeming power through His blood and His resurrection, brought about a new teaching, a new way of living; yes a new life to those and whom believed.

NOW, sin can be washed away and man forgiven for his trespasses, forever to be with God, eternal salvation. The very teachings of Christ through this new covenant would mean a change of heart; mind, body and soul. With a repentant heart and forgiveneous of sin mankind can now live a life with God. Christ said, “I came not to abolish the law but to fulfill the law”.

This was hard for religious leaders of that day to accept. A new teaching, a new leader and a new way of life.

In like manner, are we willing to give up the old (life) and accept the (new) life in Christ Jesus?

To the Pharisees and Sadducces it meant out with the old and in with the new. Because of their own pride of life they could not and would not accept Christ as the coming Messiah and receive His teachings.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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