Mark chapter 8 starting in verse 15
Jesus is warning His disciples to Watch out!
15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
We learned that the leaven of the Pharisee and the leaven of Herod was Hypocrisy and False Teaching.
And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
7 ‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’
8 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
The words that keep getting stuck in my mind are Watch Out!
This gives an idea of having a discerning mind, the word discerning means to show insight and understanding to grasp and comprehend what is obscure (Webster).
We as Christians need to have a discerning mind also, we need to be careful who we listen to and from whom we learn from. Always check their doctrine, theology closely, ask for help from someone if needed. Unfortunately we have many false teachers and hypocrites out there.
Just as Christ warned the disciple, we need to take heed and have ears to hear.
Watch Out!! Put on your discerning cap and check them out.
Be the Noble Bereans
11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
Then be not just hearers of the word but doers .
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
Grace and Peace to you
in Him with love