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Spiritual Eyes

Matthew 16:1-12 (NLT)

One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times! Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Then Jesus left them and went away.

Later, after they crossed to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any bread. “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up? Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’”

Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.


Jesus had already proven what He could do, but the religious leaders wanted more. How many times would Jesus have to do miraculous acts before people would start to believe? It is safe to say Jesus was still stinging from His interaction with the Pharisees and Sadducees when He chastised the apostles for arguing about having no bread. Having, or not having, bread was the least of their worries.

Jesus was not concerned with filling stomachs. That was the easy part. Hadn’t He shown them time after time that He could provide physical sustenance? Jesus was focused on filling hearts and souls with truth and understanding. He was warning the apostles to watch for false teachings, because those teachings could pull them away from a healthy relationship with God, and even destroy their faith.

Sometimes we need to pause and look back in thankfulness for all Jesus has already done for us before we continue to take faith steps towards God. We need to continually and prayerfully renew our trust in a God who has proven time and time again that He will always sustain us if and when we focus on His truth.

Action Steps

Do you ever catch yourself asking God to show you a sign as you work your way through a problem or hardship? In essence, we are asking God to once again prove Himself to us, instead of trusting that He already has our backs and knows what is best for us. Spend some time today thanking God, and acknowledging to Him that what He has done for us in the past helps us to understand what He is doing for us in the here and now.

Heavenly Father, You have proven time and time again how powerful You are and how faithful You are to us. Help me to remember this, and to never doubt Your abilities as I go forward in my faith journey. Help me to keep my spiritual eyes peeled for those who want to deceive me and pull me away from Your loving arms. Help me to help others, by always speaking truth to them about Your amazing grace. Amen.

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