Category Archives: The Leaven of the Pharisees
Christ gave his disciples a warning:
Luke 12:1 Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
The leaven of the Pharisee’s. Leaven is like a yeast. You start with a small bit and as you add it to the bread it pervades and causes things to grow. Hypocrisy if it is not dealt with will leaven the entire being until we grow up full of air, full of pride, full of air like a puffy loaf of bread. In order to make a good loaf of bread you have to give it a good punch and knock the air out of it. However, no hypocrisy can be tolerated in heaven therefore He says beware of the leaven of hypocrisy. We often like to examine ourselves and say that was the leaven of the Pharisee and I’m not a Pharisee so therefore I don’t need to beware of the leaven of hypocrisy. Well the Pharisees didn’t realise they were hypocritical. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, Audio: mp3
As a Christian church we want to look at Jesus because that is the reason why we are a church. When we look at Jesus, we look at Him coming to this earth with an object. Remember what He said when He came from the wilderness? He began to preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He came to launch out the kingdom of heaven on earth. He came to launch out a religion which when I look today has been dreadfully contorted. It is expressed in the words of Jesus to Nicodemus.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Read the rest of this entry
Twofold the Child of Hell
We continue our study on the seven woes to the Pharisees and it is important to study these woes because Jesus was talking to his disciples and he said to them, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.
Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
A strong rebuke to the leaders in the days of Jesus. We know that all things happen for an example upon whom the end of the world has come. Hypocrisy the leaven of the Pharisees hasn’t actually left our world. We want to identify exactly what Jesus is saying. It is not too hard to understand exactly what he is saying. He is saying woe to the leaders because they compass and go around sea and land to make one proselyte and do we know what a proselyte is? A proselyte is someone in the days of Christ who was a gentile. To be made a proselyte was to come into the Jewish faith. They had to be circumcised but not only circumcised but they had to go through the doctrines that the Pharisees held and consent that they were true and to be willing to participate of the rituals of their faith and of their religion and then they were no longer a gentile. They were a Jew in the full meaning of the word. They were no longer classified as the seed of Abraham. Woe to the scribes and Pharisees, they go about to make one proselyte and when he is made you make him two fold more the child of hell than yourselves. Read the rest of this entry
A woe depicts sorrow. In the case of the Pharisees it also represented depending doom as Jesus revealed in Matthew 23 when he pronounced these scathing truth’s to the religious leaders of his day. They came in forms of woes and in many instances these woes refer to weeping and gnashing of teeth. Weeping and gnashing of teeth is always associated with religious professors because they will have the greatest suffering if they don’t live up to the light they have.
Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
If you ever go into a yard you will see a sign saying ‘Beware of the Dog’. Most people are often wary of the dog because if they go in they expect the dog to come out and eat them up. It is very unwise to neglect a warning sign.
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Are you aware of hypocrisy? Jesus was talking to his disciples not the Pharisees. I hope we can gain an understanding of what hypocrisy is so we do not follow that path. The Bible gives a description of hypocrisy in Matthew. Mathew 23 is given to hypocrites, the woes upon the hypocrites. We need to be aware of hypocrisy so we can gain lessons for ourselves.
Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. :4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men’s shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, [even] Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Read the rest of this entry
By Markus Dammasch, Audio: mp3
Consider the Jewish nation. Up until Jesus time, they were blessed above all nations. They could have been spiritually very well off. They had received many spiritual blessings. What does Paul write about them?
Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit [is there] of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
In Jesus’ time, the Jewish leaders were corrupt, they crucified Jesus but they were a favoured people because God had committed to them the sacred oracles of truth. Jesus said salvation was of the Jews but pride entered into their hearts. This pride is described in Luke.
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Did the Pharisee live according to the law? He did. He lived up to the present truth that was entrusted to him. He was saying, thank you for rescuing me from this low condition, but then he said, or as this publican. The Lord judges the heart. How did the publican pray?
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. Read the rest of this entry
Have you ever been to court? Perhaps you’ve been sued or desired to stand up for your rights. How much stress did it cause? How much brain power did you engage in dwelling upon your case? When you receive a letter in the mail to say you’ve been summoned to court, you get this feeling that comes up and grabs you around the throat, especially if you’ve done something wrong. All that night you’ll go to sleep and be thinking about the events that have taken place and what they might say and what the result will be. The human mind upon earthly court cases is absolutely absorbed with going through the facts and events to put together your defense. All this is done before the date of appearance. Do you know that we all have been summoned to court?
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Mankind is consistently trying to trust in themselves and it’s the trust that man wants to put in himself is the reason why Jesus gave this parable. This is the reason why this parable is spoken. To have control of your own life and to drive your own car gives a sense of security when you are in control and it’s embedded in every one of us. To trust ourself, just a little bit at least I can control. Because man continues to trust in himself this parable gets turned upside down. The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things who can know it? Jesus gives a parable of the Pharisee and the publican. The Pharisee trusted in the things that he was and wasn’t and then Jesus gives the publicans experience. The publican has no reason to present himself to God. Out of these two men the publican went to his house blessed and the Pharisee didn’t. The publican was the person who was good and the Pharisee bad and therefore we want to be the publican. It is human nature. Even if you are the vilest person you still want to be good. This parable gets turned upside down. Read the rest of this entry