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Matthew 16- Beware of The Leaven

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!

Matthew 16- The Sign

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!

Matthew 15- Bread from Heaven

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

Matthew 15- Heart Issue

And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. Matthew 15:10-15

Previously we read where Jesus said “They honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:8) Here again we see Jesus explaining more of what he means, that sin is a heart issue, your covenant with God is a heart issue, and you need a new and clean heart (Ezekiel 36:26) you need to become Born Again (John 3:3) sin is what defiles a person, not what they eat

This is also a display of the New Covenant, as the Jews were more concerned with Jesus keeping the Dietary (Kosher) Laws, rather than understanding the sin in their heart is what condemns them. Jesus said “Hear and understand, it’s not what goes in the mouth that defiles a person, its what comes out of your mouth, that defiles a person” Sin is a heart issue, as Christ went into further explanation in Matthew 5, if you lust after someone you have already committed adultery in your heart, if you hate someone, you have already committed murder in your heart, ect

The Pharisees were offended, of course, because they were all about religion and not a relationship with God. Many people today are still offended by the words of Christ, you can’t work your way into Heaven, you can’t earn your salvation, you need a New Heart and to be Born Again through Christ

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Matthew 15:16-20

The religious leaders were more concerned about Christ washing his hands, then washing away their sins with repentance. Jesus said “Are you still without understanding?” Jesus is like C’mon people, how hard is this for you to understand? But the problem is not the logic but our hearts. People love their sin more than God, people actually love their religion more than they love God. As Jesus taught us evilness begins and comes from the heart, this is why we need to become Born Again

The world will tell you “Follow your heart”, this is the worst advice you could ever receive, as the Bible tells us “The heart is wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9) you need a New Heart, you need to become Born Again through Jesus Christ, Amen!

Matthew 15- Traditions of Men

Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Matthew 15:1-6

False worship and false religion has been a problem since the beginning of time, here we see the religious leaders, who claim to be Holy accusing the disciples of being transgressors because they didn’t wash their hands when they ate. Jesus quickly pointed out their hypocrisy! Christ pointed out the religious leaders claim they are “Keeping The Law” yet they don’t honor their mother and father , as Jesus said “you have made the commandment of God to no effect by your tradition”

We see this in the Church today, many traditions of man have overtaken the Word of God. This is why the Bible needs to be our authority for the Church, not the traditions of man. This is why Liberal Christians and theologians today will discredit the Bible as not the Word of God, by doing this they can make up their own laws and interpretations of scripture

As Jesus told us, sin is a heart issue, these religious leaders don’t truly love God, they love their religion, they love their tradition, they have made a false god to whom they worship, they don’t worship the true Jesus of the Bible

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:7-9

We see alot of Churches today claiming to be Christian, they claim to love Jesus and worship him, but they are hypocrites. They love him with their mouths but their hearts are hard and don’t love Christ. They claim to be doing many works in the name of Jesus, but Christ doesn’t even know them (Matthew 7) As Jesus said we need to worship God in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24)

Religion won’t save your soul , traditions wont save your soul, only Jesus Christ can save your soul, you must become Born Again, Amen!

Matthew 14- Touch of Faith

And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Matthew 14:34-36

Today we see Jesus entering the town of Gennesaret, a small town off the Sea of Galilee, and this story will kind of remind you of the woman who touched the garment of Christ. We see basically the same scenario being played out here also, but in a bigger scale. As the scripture says “They begged him that they might have one touch of his garment” That’s all these people needed, was One touch of the Lord Jesus and there lives were made whole

Anytime we see a healing by Jesus , we typically notice the same pattern, and we see it here also. First , the people recognized who Jesus is. The people understood Jesus is the Son of God, The Messiah, The Lord and Savior, they believed this in their hearts, otherwise they would not have come to Christ. This is the first step, the drawing of the Holy Spirit to Christ. Those who don’t reject the calling will be saved

Secondly, they are seeking Christ. Since they understood Jesus is Lord, now they are seeking Christ, they are coming from all directions to hear the words of Jesus and to be saved. Jesus said “Come to me all who are weary and burden laden, and I’ll give you Rest” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus didn’t say , just sit there and do nothing, no Christ said “Seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened “ (Matthew 7:7) The people came to seek Christ

Third, by faith they came to Christ and touched his garment to be saved. The people of Gennesaret demonstrated their faith, by coming to Jesus and touching his garment. It’s not that The Lord’s garment was magical , it was the people demonstrating faith in Jesus as the Son of God. The bible says “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:16) You must have faith in Jesus Christ to be saved!

Lastly, I like the wording of the KJV here “As many as touched were made perfectly whole” (v36) Most translations say they are healed, but this is more than just about a physical healing, this is about saving their souls. You can be in perfect health and still be headed to Hell, the healing should not be the focus here, its the salvation we received from Jesus Christ through faith, Amen!

Matthew 14- Walk of Faith

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:22-27

The “Walking on Water” again is another demonstration of Christs deity and proclamation that the New Covenant is a Better Covenant than the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8) As we looked previously Jesus feeding the 5,000 in the wilderness was superior to Moses taking care of the Israelites in the Wilderness, as Moses prophesied “God will raise a prophet like me, listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15)

We remember when God parted the Red Sea and Moses led the Israelites through the waters, (Exodus 14) however now we see Jesus Christ , not parting the waters, but walking on the water. A task that only could be accomplished supernaturally by God, demonstrating Christ deity and his superior nature to Moses. Jesus is not just a man, but he is God in the flesh (John 1:14)

The disciples in the boat were in fear, they believed they were going to die, but Jesus told them “Be of good cheer or take courage, do not be afraid” How many Christians live in fear on a daily basis? Focus on the Savior and not your problems, focus on Christ walking on the water, and not on the storms!

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Matthew 14:28-33

Peter temporarily demonstrated some faith, and Jesus said “Come”, and by his faith in Christ, Peter was able to walk on water, however once he allowed his fears and doubts to creep in, he immediately sank. This is a good analogy of how faith works, when you trust in Jesus with all your heart, God will does his work, however when you allow your doubt and fears to creep in, your faith becomes broken

Notice immediately Peter cried out to Jesus “Lord Save Me” and Christ immediately pulled him out of the water, this should also be our response in times of trouble, Lord Save Me! When Jesus finally entered the boat, what was the disciples’ response? They worshiped Christ and declared Jesus is the Son of God, Amen!

Matthew 14- Feeding the Multitude

When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. Matthew 14:13-17

The feeding of the 5,000 is a story that is documented in all four of the gospels, this story really demonstrates how Jesus is the Christ and the New Covenant is a Better Covenant (Hebrews 8) Notice the location of this event, it’s in the wilderness. Now thinking back to the Old (Mosaic) Covenant what happened in the wilderness? Well Moses led the Israelites through the Wilderness, and God provided the Bread from Heaven and the Living Water

Well as Moses prophesied, there will be One greater than Moses, (Deuteronomy 18:15) Moses was prophesying about Jesus, and Christ was demonstrating how He is greater than Moses, Christ is greater than all, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. While Moses relied upon God to provide for the Israelites, Jesus provided for the 5,000 in the Wilderness, Christ was revealing his deity as God in the flesh (John 1:14)

He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 14:18-21

 Christ blessed the bread, broke the bread , and distributed it among the multitude, does this sound familiar? Jesus was revealing that He is the Bread from Heaven (John 6) , Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), this was a revelation of Communion, the breaking of bread is a reminder of Christ sacrifice

But also it is important to understand Jesus is the Bread from Heaven, Christ is the Manna that came down from Heaven, to give us eternal life. Without the sacrifice of Christ , there is no atonement for our sins. Jesus paid it all for us on the cross, on the 3rd day, he rose from the dead defeating sin and death forever!

Are you hungry for righteousness? Are you thirsty for salvation? Come to Jesus Christ and you shall be saved Amen!

Matthew 14- Death of John The Baptist

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. Matthew 14:1-5

So you want to be a prophet? Many people today and throughout time claimed to be a prophet of God, but be careful what you wish for. Throughout history it’s been well documented the true prophets of God faced intense persecution and usually death. This was the same fate for John the Baptist, as Jesus called him “The greatest of all prophets” (Matthew 11:11)

So why was John the Baptist imprisoned and killed? Because he was preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, everyone needs to Repent and become Born Again. Herod didn’t like this message of repentance, when John called out his immoral and invalid marriage he had with his brother’s wife. Most people don’t like to be called out on their sin, this is why Jesus and the Apostles and Prophets received heavy persecution and death.

It’s interesting that Herod believed Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead, which makes us understand Herod knew John was a Holy Man from God, but Herod loved his sin more than He loved God, so he killed the messenger of God. This is the same evil spirit and mentality most people have today. People love their sin more than they love God

But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. Matthew 14:6-12

Now to show you how depraved Herod was , we see this bizarre birthday celebration where the “daughter of Herodias” who is also Herod’s step daughter, dances for him and pleases him to the point he will give her whatever she wants. Now we don’t have to go into detail that this is an immoral and depraved event. Now the girls mother, Herodias, uses this situation as a “power grab” to eliminate John the Baptist, because he has been calling her out on her sin and her conscience is probably pricked. The show Desperate Housewives has nothing on the Bible!

So Herod, knowing John the Baptist is a prophet of God, goes ahead and orders his execution anyway because Herod loves his sin and wants to please people more than fearing God. Many of John’s disciples or students must have witnesses all of these events and then went back and told Jesus what had happened

What can we learn from this story? The love of sin is greater than the love of God in most people. If you want to know why Jesus said we must be Born Again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) just look at the depravity of the human heart and understand why we need to be reborn

Matthew 13- Hometown Hero?

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. Matthew 13:53-57

As the Bible says “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) Jesus is God in human form, the incarnation of Christ is a revelation that is sometimes difficult for our human minds to comprehend. However, imagine if Jesus Christ grew up in your hometown, and you knew him from a child. This was the response from the people of Nazareth, they rejected Jesus as the Christ because they already knew who he was

Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is this not the son of Mary? It’s amazing how our human minds can reason with any little doubt we can grasp. We still see this today, many people reject Jesus as the Son of God, because they can’t comprehend the incarnation of Christ, they can’t comprehend the resurrection of Christ, they can’t comprehend how Jesus can be fully God and fully man (Philippians 2) Even if our human minds can’t comprehend these things, we can’t deny the truth that Jesus is the Son of God

But as Jesus said “ A prophet has no honor in their hometown” this really shouldn’t be a surprise to us, knowing the history of God’s prophets being persecuted and killed, why would we think it would be any different when the Messiah came? They killed the Messiah just as they killed their prophets and apostles, the heart of man is wicked beyond belief and needs to be Born Again

And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

Notice Jesus didn’t perform many miracles in Nazareth because of their lack of faith, their lack of belief in who Jesus truly is. Anything is possible with God, but nothing will be possible without faith. Without faith we can’t please God (Hebrews 11:16) Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation, Amen!