Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 8)
The Yeast Effect
'How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.' Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Matthew 16:11-12 (NIV)
He told them still another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.'
Matthew 13:33 (NIV)
In bread, yeast causes a rising effect. Therein, a tiny, single-cell fungus kneads deeply into warm water and flour, causing a process of fermentation. Then the dough (soon to be bread) starts to rise.
Here's the thing: fungi can be good or bad; producing helpful or harmful effects. If the the risen loaf represents people, if the yeast represents their leadership, then for better or worse, followers rise.
At the worst, angry mobs rise up in hate. At the best, godly saints rise up in love. The bad yeast? The teaching of Pharisees. The good Yeast? The Holy Spirit of God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, regarding your rise in media, be heartened by Andrew MacLaren, an 1800s Scottish preacher, who understood God's plan years ago:
'We have to learn from the metaphor in the parable. The dough is not kept on one shelf and the leaven on another; the bit of leaven is plunged into the heart of the mass, and then the woman kneads the whole up in her pan, and so the influence is spread. We Christians are not doing our duty, nor are we using our capacities, unless we fling ourselves frankly and energetically into all the currents of the national life, commercial, political, municipal, intellectual, and make our influence felt in them all. The 'salt of the earth' is to be rubbed into the meat in order to keep it from putrefaction; the leaven is to be kneaded up into the dough in order to raise it. Christian people are to remember that they are here, not for the purpose of isolating themselves, but in order that they may touch life at all points...' (MacLaren's Exposition on The Parable of the Leaven).*
Leaving today's church isolation to fling yourself in culture's hot spot (inarguably entertainment) was predestined by Jesus Himself.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.