Mark 8:15 As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."
The disciples got it all wrong. They did not yet have the mind of Christ in them; therefore they did not understand what He was telling them. They thought that Jesus was chiding them for not having enough food with them for their trip across the lake. They thought He was hungry and was disappointed in them for not being more responsible.
However, Jesus knew what they were thinking and had to redirect their thoughts so that they clearly understood what He was saying. We often find ourselves in the disciples’ shoes. We often read the Word and yet miss the point altogether. We assume we know what God is saying, but we often don’t get it at all. Like the disciples, we need to get our thinking straight. We need to listen to what God is saying without an agenda or our assumptions. We need to meditate on God’s words and wait before Him until we clearly hear what He is saying.
Jesus was warning the disciples about the dangerous lives of the religious elite. He wanted them to be different than religious people. The religious elite were good at telling people what to do and how to do it without even trying to do it themselves. Jesus made it clear that people who don’t practice what they preach are to be avoided. True faith is a practicing faith. It’s what we say that makes us right with God; it’s living out what we say that matters to God.
God judges the heart and holds us accountable for our motives and living.