Week 8: Day 1 - Sunday (February 17, 2019)
1) Read Matthew 16:1-12
Demand for a sign
1The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus. In order to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
2But he replied, "At evening you say, ‘It will be nice weather because the sky is bright red.’ 3 And in the morning you say, ‘There will be bad weather today because the sky is cloudy.’ You know how to make sense of the sky’s appearance. But you are unable to recognize the signs that point to what the time is. 4 An evil and unfaithful generation searches for a sign. But it won’t receive any sign except Jonah’s sign." Then he left them and went away.
Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5When the disciples arrived on the other side of the lake, they had forgotten to bring bread. 6Jesus said to them, "Watch out and be on your guard for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
7They discussed this among themselves and said, "We didn’t bring any bread."
8Jesus knew what they were discussing and said, "You people of weak faith! Why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you don’t have any bread? 9 Don’t you understand yet? Don’t you remember the five loaves that fed the five thousand and how many baskets of leftovers you gathered? 10 And the seven loaves that fed the four thousand and how many large baskets of leftovers you gathered? 11 Don’t you know that I wasn’t talking about bread? But be on your guard for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 12Then they understood that he wasn’t telling them to be on their guard for yeast used in making bread. No, he was telling them to watch out for the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
2) What is God saying to you today? Look up the OT references. What do they bring to the story? What stuck out to you today in your reading? Other questions/comments?