And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Matthew 16:5-10
Jesus again is going to use Bread as an analogy to teach the disciples about not listening to false teachers and false doctrine. Jesus said to them “ Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” The disciples totally misunderstood what Jesus was saying , and thought he was talking about actual bread. However Christ was referring to “The Leaven” of the religious leaders, meaning their false teachings
As the Apostle Paul said “ A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9) meaning a little false doctrine or false teachers corrupts the whole community. We see this in Christianity today, many false teachers teaching false doctrines confusing many Christians about their salvation or who Christ is. This is why Jesus warned the Apostles, beware of the religious leaders!
But the disciples thought Jesus was referring to physical bread, and then Christ’s response was “O You of little faith” think about this, the disciples just experienced The Lord providing bread for over 9,000 people with limited loaves, and they still don’t have any faith. The disciples are still worried about how God will provide for them!
How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12
Jesus said to them “How is this you don’t understand?” The disciples totally missed the point, Christ was warning them about false teachers and they are worried about where their next meal is coming from, doesn’t this sound familiar? The Church today is more worried about money and numbers, yet they compromise doctrine to appease people
Listen to the warning of Jesus Christ! Beware of false teachers! Beware of false doctrine! The Word of God is your foundation and authority, Amen!
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. Matthew 16:1-4
We live in a world and generation that is fixated on the thought of science and philosophy, to the extreme that it has become the religion and faith for those who have rejected God and his sovereignty. People will make ridiculous theories and label them as “science” so they can be validated and accepted as truth. However the majority of these theories have no truth in them, and are total depravity. As the Apostle Paul said “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22)
The religious leaders were no different, they created their own laws and rules, and rejected the One true God. When Jesus Christ, the Messiah, walked the Earth, not only did they reject him, but they challenged him to provide a sign. The fact that God became a human being and performed miracles, wasn’t enough for them. The reality is they didn’t really care about God or want to know God. They wanted to validate their depraved theories to justify their sinful lifestyle, the same with our society today
Jesus called them out “You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky, but you can’t discern the sign of the times” The key word here is “discern” , the religious leaders and this world have no spiritual discernment.The natural man doesn’t understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:24) People go to college to predict the weather, but they can’t discern who created the Heavens and Earth. They can’t discern good and evil, they can’t discern who Jesus Christ is. They demand a sign, as a loophole to escape Gods judgment, which will not happen unless they repent and become Born Again (John 3:3, Luke 13:3)
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20
People demand a sign from God, however God made it clear, the evidence of his existence is clearly seen, and we are without excuse! Those who believe on judgment day, they can escape the wrath of their sins by demanding a sign will be mistaken! Everyone in their heart knows God created the Heavens and the Earth, the evidence of God’s existence is clearly seen in the planet and human life, you are without excuse! You won’t be able to argue your way out of your sentence, the wages of sin is death! (Romans 3:23)
If you’re looking for a sign, look to Jesus Christ! As God said “This will be a sign to you, a virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, his name will be Immanuel (God is with Us) (Isaiah 7:14) Amen!
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. Matthew 15:30-34
Most of us are familiar with Jesus feeding the 5,000 people, however here is another instance where Christ fed 4,000 plus people in the wilderness. Now we notice great crowds coming to see Jesus in the wilderness, but why? We see Christ performed many miracles and healings, and of course that made the people in awe and wonder, but were they really coming to Christ for the right reasons?
We see this scenario in John 6, when great multitudes were coming to Jesus because they wanted to be healed or they wanted to witness a miracle, but that was about it. You see many came to Christ to see a performance but they didn’t come to Christ for salvation. They wanted a miracle but they didn’t recognize who really was the Miracle. They wanted to be healed but didn’t recognize the Great Healer!
But Jesus had compassion on the great multitude, and was going to perform another miracle, a feeding of 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread. Now also, we must recognize that Christ in the New Covenant is the “Greater Exodus”, as Moses led the Israelites through the Wilderness and God provided the Bread from Heaven, Jesus Christ delivered the bread himself and Christ himself is the Bread from Heaven!
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 15:35-38
Notice the symbolic number of 7, which means completion in the Bible, and while the great miracle satisfied everyone for that day, I wonder if they recognize the greater miracle in Jesus Christ? Often ourselves we look at the temporal world and don’t look towards God’s eternal Kingdom. The Bread satisfied their bodies for the day, but the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, can satisfy their soul for all eternity!
Are you fixated on the miracle or the Miracle Worker? Look at the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ who will give you eternal life and not just temporary satisfaction, Amen
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. Matthew 15:22-25
Jesus is demonstrating the New Covenant in multiple ways here, first we see this woman is a Gentile, a Cannanite in fact. The Cannanites were some of the most wicked people in human history, they worshiped pagan gods and sacrificed their children to demons , the Cannanites were also giants who were believed to be descendants of the Nephilim (Numbers 14, Genesis 6)
With all that being said, obviously this woman , being a descendant of the Cannanites , was the last person you would think Christ came to save. It was also no surprise that the woman’s daughter was possessed with demons, remember until Christ came, nobody ever casted out demons. We are seeing a total demonstration of the New Covenant with Christ here!
Jesus said “I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel” this is what the Jews expected, that Christ was only The Lord of Israel, and Jesus made this statement to test the woman’s faith. What was her response? She came to Christ and worshiped him! She understood who Jesus is, and she came to him for salvation saying “Lord Help Me”!
But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew 15:26-28
Again Jesus tested the Gentile woman, “Its not to take the Children’s (Jews) Bread and cast it to the Dogs (Gentiles)” now most people would have been insulted by Christ, but the woman came to Jesus with humility and repentance. We must also come to Christ in full humility and repentance, regardless of who you are! Her response was “Yet the dogs (Gentiles) eat the crumbs which fall from their Masters table” Now notice she addressed Jesus as Lord (Master)! She understood who Jesus is!
Jesus answered “O woman, great is your faith, let it be done as you desire” The Gentile woman was saved by faith in Christ, the same way all of us are saved, this is the New Covenant of Christ!
Do you desire to be at the Masters table, even if it means eating the crumbs? If Yes then great is your faith in Christ, Amen!