The Leaven of Human Philosophies

October 6, 2022

The Leaven of Human Philosophies

Mark 8:14-21

14The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 17Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”  “Twelve,” they replied. 20“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

          We, like the disciples, often become so focused on our natural provisions, that we miss the weightier things that the Holy Spirit is trying to communicate to our hearts.  It is like sometimes He must rebuke us as He did them on this occasion, because their reasoning level and focus was on a natural plane and not on a spiritual one.  Jesus is saying to them, “Boys, beware of the religious and governmental philosophies of men.  It is like yeast in the bread, a little bit will affect everyone’s thinking and reasoning.  It will take your attention from the spirit and put it on the flesh.” Meanwhile the disciples are focused on who forgot the sandwiches.  What is Jesus trying to communicate to them and to us today?  Food and natural provision are not the issue.  Jesus had already demonstrated the ability of the Father to provide, not just individual needs, but for the needs of a multitude.  What He is trying to communicate to often dull and insensitive hearts is the power that wrong thinking and the vain philosophies of men can produce bondage. 

          First, Jesus tells them to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees.   Why is He concerned with them, because, they will bring you under the bondage of works and dead religion.  They will rob you of the power of God in you, because they will through condemnation put the responsibility of righteousness solely upon your ability to do good and keep the laws of man and of God.  Paul deals much with this kind of philosophies and leaven in the book of Galatians. 

          Secondly, there is the yeast of governmental philosophies that lead us to think that we can change our world simply through political and governmental attitudes and referendums.  We can’t dictate the morality of men through legislation and politics.  The change of men’s hearts can only come through the gospel of Christ, the cleansing of His blood and the transforming power of the Spirit of God within us.  If we want to change our world, we must do it from a position on our knees and through lives that give our world a pure, undistorted window through which they can see the love and power of God working in a people.  When God is in a place or truly seen in a people, then people will show up and they will be hungry for the true manna of God.  We live in a world of commercialism where so many products promise everything and deliver nothing.  Much of our religion is the same way.  Until we lay hold of the reality of God and manifest it in our lives, then we are just another empty commercial.  We have to have something more than vain philosophies.  We have to have changed lives, energized with the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, that will personally touch others and in turn set them free and bring them into the kingdom.   That means that like the disciples we have to get out of an earthly mindset that is only focused on the economy of this world, instead of the economy of God.  God’s economy is to seek first the kingdom of God and in the process everything else that you need will be added unto you. 



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