|Beware the leaven of the Pharisees|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00|
Jesus said "Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." What exactly is the leaven of the Pharisees?
Consider Matthew 23:23: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
They were great lawgivers and considered themselves to have kept the law. In fact, they made up other laws, heavy burdens, and commanded men to follow them (Mth 23:4). Yet, they were completely oblivious to the "weightier matter" of God's law, things like judgment (knowing what to do), mercy (being gracious to others), and faith (trusting God).
God, who is the only Righteous and Holy One, has been gracious to us. Grace is UNMERITED favor. Therefore, we should be gracious to others. Beware the leaven of the pharisees. Let us judge to do mercy to others by faith in Christ.