Yeast is a bizarre organism. It is a product that is required to make most breads for example. How it works, and how rapidly it works, is the amazing part. This one-cell organism (with the right moisture conditions) will actually reproduce itself. A bud is formed on the surface of the cell, the nucleus of the parent cell then also duplicates and enters the bud. That bud then breaks off and repeats the process. The amount of yeast literally doubles in about 20 minutes. Anything that is part of that nucleus is then replicated multiple times an hour.
Cancer is similar but in this action, there is some sort of damage in the cancerous cell, which then replicates itself and grows in the body. Our healthy cells reproduce just the same but when cancerous cells reproduce, the damage in that one cell is duplicated across all replicated cells.
Jesus warned his disciples of this type of dangerous yeast or cancerous like thinking. “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matt 16:6) Although the disciples first thought He was speaking of actual yeast in bread, Jesus clarified to them that the yeast He was warning about is the thinking of these ‘teachers of the law’. The Pharisees and Sadducees didn’t see eye to eye on all issues, but they did have a few things in common.
- Both groups had memorized every word of the scriptures.
- Both groups were adamant that their interpretation was the ONLY way to view the scriptures.
- Both groups had become too attached to the power they were enjoying on the political level.
- Both groups were fearful of loosing that power.
- Both groups abused their power to Lord over the other Jews
Jesus was warning His disciples to guard against such thinking. Their thirst for power was growing like yeast, infesting other Jews in the process.
These same types of people are part of our churches still today. People who have become so attached to their faith in their knowledge that they fail to leave room for the Spirit.
So my warning to you is to be aware of this thinking. Always remain teachable by other Christians and more importantly, the Spirit. Stay in the Word, but not just to memorize to show your knowledge but to stay connecting to the Father, through His Word.