Politicians and Religious Leaders

Mark 8:11-15 (YLT)

The Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from the heaven, tempting him; and having sighed deeply in his spirit, he saith, `Why doth this generation seek after a sign? Verily I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And having left them, having entered again into the boat, he went away to the other side; and they forgot to take loaves, and except one loaf they had nothing with them in the boat, and he was charging them, saying, `Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,’

Jesus says, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. I was reading this morning and got an interesting insight that I think may be helpful to us. While doing a small word study on this passage I realized that although leaven has a negative connotation in the Old and New Testament, leaven itself is not a bad thing. Here’s a definition…

leaven-noun

1. a substance, as yeast or baking powder, that causes fermentation and expansion of dough or batter.
2. fermented dough reserved for producing fermentation in a new batch of dough.
3. an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.
Leaven is what makes bread bread. It cause the batter to ferment and grow so that it is transformed into a scrumptious food. That’s good right?