Red Letter Day 30: Beware the Yeast of Hypocrisy
2015 Lent Blog
Thursday March 19
“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”
Little things have powerful effects. An example of this is yeast. I have to admit I am not a bread maker or a baker but I have used a bread machine. I remember once not putting yeast into the machine and the bread was a doughy inedible mess. I read that yeast produces mainly carbon dioxide that creates air pockets within the bread. Modern day yeast works much faster than the yeasts of biblical times and hence the command to use unleavened bread at the Passover. Here Jesus warns of another small thing that changes someone, hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is saying you are something when you are not. Jesus says here that everything comes out in the end and that honesty, especially about yourself, is the best course. In Lent we are reminded that Jesus came to be a Savior. The pride of the Pharisees and the yeast that permeated them was that they did not need one. Beware that type of hot air is still with us in various forms and ideas today.
In Christ’s Service,