Daily Bible Reading: Mark 8
Verse of the Day: Mark 8:15 – “And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
Jesus speaks to His disciples and warns them against ζυμης, leaven. Leaven is used to cause dough to rise – we call it yeast. A little pinch of yeast will quickly spread throughout the entire ball of dough.
In Scripture it can mean yeast (as in the Old Testament Passover where they were told to use only unleavened bread – bread without yeast), or it can be used metaphorically to stand for mental and moral corruption, viewed in its tendency to infect others.
Jesus is warning his disciples against the false teachings of the Pharisees that will infect them, and spread throughout the teachings of the church.
Prayer: Jesus, give me wisdom to see and reject the error that is so easily infecting our churches today. May I discern and hold to Your Truth and Your Truth – Jesus – only. Amen.