My Apology to the Disciples 080412
Upon reading Matthew 16:5-12 (and re-reading it a dozen times) I have to apologize to the disciples. Often they are cast as ignorant peasants, and I think it was okay to be a peasant in the midst of Jesus, but not ignorant, and the disciples get chastised for not understanding what Jesus is saying. I sympathize with them upon reading Matthew 16:5-12, I didn’t get it either.
But these randomly selected verses that we read and study each day have a way of speaking to what’s going on in the world, and what’s going on in each of our worlds.
I’m interpreting this Bible verse to mean that we don’t have to rely upon the hierarchical culture of the Pharisees, or the rules of the Sadducees and neither will give our daily bread or our daily spiritual bread. Instead Jesus is here to provide us with both.
This morning I read the story of the wildfires burning in Oklahoma, with the hottest temperature (so far) recorded there for yesterday–113°F. Wildfires are wild and they are short of help as neighboring states use their own fire crews for their fires. We pray for the help they need to protect the prairie lands and homes of Oklahoma.
We also should remember in prayer, again, the people and land of Syria engaged in civil war, and the people of Turkey and Iraq who seem to taunting war, the people of Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Congo, and many others worldwide experiencing drought, war, famine, thirst and civil unrest.
Pray for peace. We can’t fight over food and water as we try to preserve it.
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23Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven;
24he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.
25Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance.
26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;
27he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;
28he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings.
29And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.
3Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord brought you out from there by strength of hand; no leavened bread shall be eaten. 4Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this observance in this month. 6Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to the Lord. 7Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen in your possession, and no leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory. 8You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 10You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.
5When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6Jesus said to them, “Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7They said to one another, “It is because we have brought no bread.” 8And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, “You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? 9Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Related articles are presented without endorsement
- The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees (dailybiblestudy.com.au)
- Jesus Praises A Woman Who Gave Her Best & Jesus Eats The Last Supper With His Disciples (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)