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Fist of all the Pharisees are meant to represent Gods law and authority on the earth but due to corruption, evil, sin and power seeking desires Jesus calls them hypocrites and has a very negative view of them in the NT-

"The teachers of the law and the pharisees sit in Moses's seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach." Matt 23 " The Seven Woes". (read all of Matt 23 for Jesus' full view on them).

The Pharisees also represent men/woman in general in the world, men who are not truly conformed to Christs ways and teachings.

They also represent a false understanding and practice of authority, power and influence. They represent God and the church as well here. 

They also represent a serious warning to all of mankind.

Yeast represents both negative and potentially positive things here- sin, corruption and evil and also those who spread God word or represent God. Yeast also represents growth. 

Yeast is a very small substance so if you become even slightly corrupted and conform yourself to the ways of the Pharisees or of the sinful world beware of this for yourself and for others especially if you are preaching the gospel which is what Jesus' disciples would be doing because their teachings and practices could make man grow into something wrong and corrupted. It also means do not lead others astray through false teachings or practices. One small substance which is yeast or one man can lead many- those who eat the bread, astray. For yeast (the preacher) is responsible for making other things grow, other things which are larger or more numerous than its original self (people in quantity). So Jesus is warning His disciples here of their responsibility towards Him and His true word and true practice and representation of it to themselves and for others. 

Jesus is also referring to the breaking of bread here a symbol later to be used to represent that of His body which was broken/sacrificed for all of mankind. (a key word here is "broke"). Also Jesus is not talking about physical food here but spiritual food though He did feed the people with physical food but for a deeper and more spiritual meaning or representation.

Jesus also mentions the importance of having a strong faith and not having a hardened heart and the importance of truly understanding His word. This message is not just for His disciples but for every man or woman.

(Jesus' chosen people are the Jews also known as the Israelites. He is a descendant of David of Israel and is also known as the King of the Jews and the King/Savior of the world.)

In the first feeding of the 5000:

The number 5 represents divine grace or atonement, the cross and Jesus Christ.

12 represents His chosen people all the 12 Tribes of Israel. It also represents His 12 disciples who would take His gospel to the whole world. 12 also represents mankind in full. So 12 represents the connection and relationship between all of man and God.

In the second feeding of the 4000:

4 represents the earth in full.  7 represents perfection and completeness.

Jesus shows us here then that His word or His bread and salvation is for all of mankind. That He is the savior of mankind and through Him we can have eternal life. If we accept Him as our one and only savior, that He is the true way and path in our lives, that we should live for Him and not for ourselves and conform ourselves to being more like Jesus Christ throughout out lives. We must aim to have the same values that Jesus taught written on our hearts and practiced throughout our lives and not be like the Pharisees but be true to God internally and externally. We must look and see and hear and understand the truth which is Jesus' word and practice His ways and teachings in truth.        

     



By: mano alves
Category: The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
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What was Jesus trying to teach the disciples? Note: Jesus left twelve baskets full when he fed the 5000 people on the Israel side (Israel had 12 main regions or tribes).
Prefiguring the establishment of the Church with all its subdivisons in the sense of Archidioceses and parishes. The flock is large and is everywhere in the world and it needs a good organisation. The baskets, they also make me think of the numberless vessels from which his Precious Body is offered to the worldwide flock.



By: Alessandra Parrini
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What was Jesus trying to teach the disciples? Note: Jesus left twelve baskets full when he fed the 5000 people on the Israel side (Israel had 12 main regions or tribes).



By: Editors
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The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
The yeast is the symbol of evil corruption. The mentaphor includes the idea of a tiny amount of yeast able to ferment a large amount of dough. this context refers to the evil disposition of both the Pharisees and Herod Antipas called for Jesus to produce a sign i.e. to proof of his divine authority .



By: Kathleen Terado
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The yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
Jesus trying to teach his disciple to watch out the ingredient of the leaven bread which the the yeast that means the hypocrisy, the pride of the Pharisees. To take heed the bad teaching of the pharisees which the main ingredient of their doctrines. but the disciples sharp perception of thier physical wants and are complaining and reasoned with one another, saying, its because we have no bread. Yet they quickly forget the breaking of the bread that fed the five thousands, the seven loaves that fed the four thousands.



By: narciso amabao
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Jesus teaching His disciples
Jesus reminded His disciples that Jesus is the provider and He is sufficient for all their needs. Bible says that Isreal had 12 main regions and 12 tribes. Here, Jesus left twelve baskets full when He fed the 5000 people on the Isreal side. Isreal is considered as the Children of God. It is definite that, Jesus is sufficient for all the needs of Children of God. Jesus teaches His disciples that He is more than enough for all their needs.



By: Manoj Thomas
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what does yeast mean here in the context of Jesus` message?
I have looked it up but did not find what it actually means as per the Gospel.



By: Bol Joseph Agau
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The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
Jesus was trying to tell the disciples that they Israel has been fed and have more than enough and he has to feed the other non-jews.



By: Bol Joseph Agau
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The yeast of the pharisees and herod
Jesus trying to teach the disciples to be always preparedness or to save something for the future, it is liked jesus teach us to prepare oneself always for his second coming nobody knows when is the time of our lord jesus christ will come again but be prepare for the salvations.



By: nathaniel villaruz
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euql distribution
12 and 12? that all are inheritors of God`s kingdom? that he came to share the Bread the Word amongst everyone and that all will be united through him. Also 12 makes me think of the number of disciples - like when at Mass you have more than one priest or deacon and the congrgation forms lines. It`s like the craetion of the kingdom and the entrusting of different subdivisions flocks to their different ministers.



By: Alessandra Parrini
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The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

They forgot to take bread; and they didn't have more than one loaf in the boat with them. He charged them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."
They reasoned with one another, saying, "It's because we have no bread."
Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember? When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?"
They told him, "Twelve."
"When the seven loaves fed the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?"
They told him, "Seven."
He asked them, "Don't you understand, yet?"

Mark 8:14-21
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