Today's Devotion (Monday)

 Just A Little Sin

MARK 8:10-21

Key Verse:

"And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod" (Mark 8:15).

The Greek word translated "leaven" is "zume". Yeast or leaven, is a powerful fungus that can cause a lump of dough to rise in baking, ferment liquids into alcohol, or cause painful infections. But principally, leaven as referred to here, caused fermentation and made flour rise before baking and was used in much the same way that yeast is used today. The Pharisees and Scribes would not associate themselves with Jesus and the truth He taught. By that rejection they prevented others from coming to the truth because of their false teaching and their hypocritical lifestyles. They sought for a sign in our text just to tempt the Lord. It is against the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees that Jesus warns His disciples. He calls their teaching "leaven" because it has the potential of affecting not only their own lives but everyone that come in contact with them. The doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees contained a mixture of God's truth and man's traditions. The danger of the "leaven" of the Pharisees is that it spreads quickly, affecting the thought process of an individual or a group to the extent that it corrupt their hearts and minds to the true meaning of God's word and commandments. Because a small piece of leaven was able to cause a relatively large amount of dough to rise. This term figuratively represent any kind of influence and enticement to do evil. A little sin in the life of a believer is a dangerous thing! The only way to escape the leaven of sin is to resist any compromise to sin in our lives. The leaven of sin is much like the sowing of iniquity - we reap more than we sow. That is why we must be careful.

Thought for the day: A little sin can tarnish a lifetime of good reputation.

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