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Is There Leaven In Your Daily Bread?

The Pharisees and Sadducees 

The Pharisees and Sadducees are often mentioned together in the Gospels as groups who opposed Jesus. The Pharisees were well known for their strict adherence to the Law and traditions, and often clashed with Jesus over interpretations of the Law and His authority. The Sadducees on the other hand, held a more aristocratic status and denied the resurrection of the dead, and also challenged Jesus, particularly on theological grounds.

Jesus warns His disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” which He explains as their doctrine. Matthew 16:6– Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. This metaphorical ‘leaven’ represents the corrupting influence of their teachings and intentions. It can seep into every crevice of a person’s soul if they’re not aware-sin and self-deception in life. Being aware of the doctrine of Christ and the Word is essential to our “salvation” and the promises rewarded to us in the eternity.

The Dichotomy of Public Perception

Jesus was both loved and hated by the people. He was loved for His teachings, miracles, compassion, kindness and the hope He offered to the oppressed. Yet, He was also hated, especially by those in power, for challenging the status quo and the authority of religious leaders. In John 15:18– If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. Highlighting the animosity He faced.

The Faithful Followers

Despite opposition, Jesus garnered a following of those who believed in His message and witnessed His works. These blessed early Christians followed Him, taking up their cross as He so instructed in Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

They were drawn to His example of love, sacrifice, and service. They were touched by His spirit of selflessness and a love that He offered to the broken and defeated and the hapless and sick, along with His daily miracles.

That love- and all Jesus represents- is still with us today! His Spirit lives in each of His believers. He offers us that same unprecedented wisdom and love all these thousands of years later. And He will never leave us, as He promised in Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

How Might We Handle The Pharisees and Sadducees Today?

Personal Reflection and Growth: Encouraging personal reflection and growth can lead individuals to question their own beliefs and be open to change. It is through introspection that one can recognize the potential for transformation within oneself and others.

Community Engagement: Engaging with the community to address social issues can shift the focus from ideological differences to common goals. Working together on community projects can build bridges and reduce divisions.

The love and patience of Jesus is needed to get by in today’s world, and only He can get us through it. But if truth be told – it can be extremely challenging. Working together while holding on to God and our beliefs can promote a healthy dialogue that can be fruitful bringing about a resolution that can be rewarding for all parties concerned!

But remember- no matter what – God is in full control!

Questions to ponder:

  • Do you know Jesus?
  •  How do the actions of the Pharisees and Sadducees mirror the adverse or growing changes in our current society?
  • What does it mean to ‘take up your cross’ in the context of modern-day discipleship?

 “Dear Father, I reflect upon Your word and the life of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May I learn from His humility and strength in the face of adversity. Guide me to discern truth from deception and to follow the path of righteousness as Jesus did. Grant me the courage to stand firm in our faith, even when faced with opposition, in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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