Today there was something different about this passage:
Now the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Yeshua, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When evening comes, you say, ‘Fair weather coming, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Stormy weather today, for the sky is red and gloomy.’ You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times! An evil and adulterous generation clamors for a sign, yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.“ And leaving them behind, He went away.
Now when the disciples came to the other side of the sea, they had forgotten to take bread. “Watch out,” Yeshua said to them, “and beware of the hametz of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
And they began to discuss among themselves, saying, “We didn’t bring any bread.”
But knowing this, Yeshua said, “O you of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? You still don’t get it? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers you gathered? Or how about the seven loaves for the four thousand and all the baskets of leftovers you gathered? How is it that you don’t understand that I wasn’t talking to you about bread? Now beware of the hametz of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” Then they understood that He wasn’t talking about the hametz in the bread, but about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. – Matthew 16:1-12
After reading it once, I felt impressed to read it again. Something was hidden there that I just didn’t see. It was as though the Lord asked, “What is the hametz of the Pharisees and Sadducees?”
“Read it again.”
So I did and finally found what God was telling me.
When I looked at the teaching as though it were yeast in the bread, Yeshua’s teaching multiplied and brought life. It nourished and satisfied the need of the body and the soul.
On the other hand, the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees did not do that.
“But,” I asked, “Yeshua told us that they sit in the seat of Moses and we should take care to do everything they tell us.”
“Ah,” He replied, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.
So, my friends, that is a lesson for another day.