Matt.16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Matt. 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
What is the symbolism of leaven one may ask.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (1 Corinthians 5:6) (*1 Corinthians 5:7)
A little leaven (yeast) sours the whole lump (batch of dough). The same thing happens to a message that is perverted(tampered with). You add one falsehood or twist to the context the slightest bit and you change the whole message!
Example: Satan tried to tempt Christ by twisting scripture:
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
This is the verse Satan perverted. When we look at it we see that if by accident such happens but Satan put it in the context of well you can choose to dash your foot you will be protected. That is tempting God, and attempting to use him! (Matthew 4:6/ Luke 4:11) he says “at any time”!
James 1:13 (King James Version)
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man
Matthew 7:15 (King James Version)
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (Colossians 2:4/ 1 Cor. 2:4)
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Romans 16:17 (King James Version)-19
17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (Moses being the law giver!)/ (*1 Chronicles 2:55 read and understand who these people are!)/
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (Matt.15:3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
It also says alot when one stresses how big(colorful/quality) their tallit, shofar, or tzitzit is. These type people put on a good show to appear more spiritual than others when in fact their priorities reflect physical treasures rather than Spiritual.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Again talking to the Pharisees, John 8:44 44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 3:10-12 (KJV)
10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Remember man can justify anything with in his own mind!
12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Lets also remember the description of an anti-Christ (1 John 2:22/ 1 John 4:3/ 2 John 1:7)
1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
29For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
2 Peter 2:1- But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Not all are trying to pull you down there is always a remnate present in the world. A good elder is a blessing and such always teach people how to study for themselves and encourage a personal relationship with God! We have no need for a middle man between us and Christ. All sin. Beware of those who do a sermon on one or two verses! Notice how much emphasis is put on donations to the church. Beware of social class and status within a congregation! Do they give All credit to God? Do they pray to any other than God?
Also does your church teach what the two churches Christ found no fault with in Rev. taught? (Church of Smyrna /2:8-11/ Church of Philadelphia/ 3:7-13)
Do you agree with everything of a single denomination or elder?
Denomination- Division (separation)
Church- group of believers
Denominational Church- Separation of The Church!
Are you following man?
Traditions of men make void the Word of God! (Mark 7:13 (Col. 2:8/ Matt. 7:21-23/ Mark 7:6,7,8/ Duet. 5:32/ Matt. 1:10-11/ Jer. 17:5/ Jer. 9:14/Rom.8:28-30/ Phil.4:19/ John 14:6/ John 8:32/
Man Can justify anything within his own mind (Prov.3:1,5/ Luke 10:25-37/ Rom. 11:25/ John 8:47/ Col. 2:23
Pro.3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding Rom.11:25a For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits Col.2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh Gal.5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Pro.14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Pro.1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction..... Rom.10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. http://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/kjv/Prov.12
When seeking find many scriptures that relate to the subject if not all of them and see where they all agree! This is how you find the truth, there are no contradictions! Does your elder refer back to the original languages! (Hebrew, Greek,& Syriac (Chaldee) It is good to learn how. There also easy to use tools for this as well. Determine which sources you find to be qualified!
Does your church stay in the milk of the Word? Does it ever get into the meat?
Things to consider!
Remember no two will agree on all things all the time! No two are at the same stage in their walk all the time. Do not stay in unfruitful discussions or studies! Don't be lazy when it comes to studing documentation(scripture) on a subject! don't be quick to conclude your studies.
Just because people don't claim alligance to you and your organizations doesn't mean they don't claim alligance to God in Christ's name. Strife and division should not be embraced here!
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
(Many want God's people to follow man of social status both in the denominationalisim of "christianity" and in rabbinical sects of "Judaisim")
*****Jew-1) One who is of the tribe of Judah/decendant of Jehudah/by birth 2) One who is a dwells in Jerusalem/by location 3)One who "embraces" Judaism/ by faith/(today many say all tribes and those of the house of Israel are Jew.:(. Begates (lieniage and geneology), seedlines have vital importance in identification within the Word on the physical aspect! Notice in Rev the church of Smyrna and the Church of Philadelphia where the Two of the 7 Christ found no fault with. The Key of David was among their understandings and practices of understanding the Word!
When the king of the north started taking the nothern territories and surrounding areas many settled in Jerusalem that were not originally "Jews". (Jer.35(:11) Such infiltrations started way sooner though. These people even made their way into priestly duties even to the point of making copies of the scriptures(1 Chron. 2:55).
I see the tares and wheat can be both in a physical and Spiritual sense. I do consider Kenites as son's of Cain and that the mark remained with them! (Jer.35:5-7) SOME of those that lead the priesthood during the days of Christ were obviously more conserned about their reputation, social status, power, and agendas rather than truth or the well being of the people (Example look who they chose to set free instead of Christ and how such was a sin according to the death penalty demanded for such.)
The enemy often uses the Church as a weapon of their own.
(Mark 8:15/ Luke 12:1) Matt.16:5-12/Mark 8:14-21/Luke 12:1-12/ Also known as scripture lawers!(#Matt.22:35)/ (#Matt.10:25)/ (#Luke 11:46)
Today there remains a warning. Tomarrow it will either be:
"Well done good and faithful servant" /Matt.25:23/ OR
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." /Matt.7:23/ (Matt.25:12,30,41/ Lk.13:25-27)
("Between the alter and the porch"= where a priest stands when on duty)
(Matt.23:39/ Matt.21:9/ Mk.11:9-10/ Ps.118:26)
( "Acts 29" leaven or unleaven? What was its purpose? Who or what does the purpose serve? U decide)