Been thinking about something from Sunday School

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.

Mark 7:6-8
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.

7But 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

Acts17:11

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 .

James 1:22

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

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Grace and Peace to you
in Him with love
Lenny

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  1. Ben

    I like Webster’s definition of discernment, “to show insight and understanding to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.” I would just add that it has nothing to do with how smart or wise we think we are, but that true discernment comes from having the mind of Christ.
    I think Philippians 1:9-11 sums this up well:
    “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
    As was stated before, it all comes back to the Word…
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

  2. Lenny

    Ben

    great insight

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