Daily Devotions
Friday January 30, 2015

Leaven of the Sadducees

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.”
Matthew 16:11

The leaven of the Sadducees is the denial of the supernatural power of God. They reject the “traditions of the elders.”

They only accept the first five books of the Old Testament and do not believe in tongues, heaven, hell, eternity, the resurrection or spirits, (including the Holy Spirit) angels or demons. Furthermore, the Sadducees are influenced by rationalism—if they cannot comprehend or understand it, they conclude that it cannot be. The Sadducees are not very knowledgeable about the Word of God—not even the portion that they believe in (Matthew 22:31-32).

If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, we must not accept only part of it and reject the rest. We must avoid the exhaltation of human reasoning and rationalization over divine revelation.

Refuse to embrace the traditions of men as Biblical doctrines. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Allow the Lord to sanctify you—for His Word is truth.

Further Reading

  • John 17:17
  • Luke 12:1-4
  • Mark 4:22

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