Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.…
Our Lord's warning against false doctrine.
I. A SUGGESTIVE FIGURE OF SPEECH. "Leaven."(1) A suggestive figure of the power of influence, good or bad.
(b) Subtle in its aggressiveness.
(c) Unless resisted, all-conquering in its subtlety.
(2) Our Lord's suggestive use of this figure.
(a) To represent the powerful influence of erroneous doctrine.
(b) To represent the danger to which His disciples were exposed from erroneous doctrines, notwithstanding their superior advantages, arising from the instructions He gave them.
II. A SUGGESTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE EXERCISE OF BAD INFLUENCE.
(1) Its agency. Pharisees.
(a) The secret of their power.
1. Their ecclesiastical, social, and political position.
2. Their great pretensions to piety — in fasting and prayer.
(2) Its method. Doctrine.
(a) Public teaching a great power for good or evil.
(b) As the respect felt for the Pharisees enhanced their power, so our respect for either the genius or supposed sincerity of a public teacher enhances his power.
(3) An imperative duty in view of this fact. "Prove all things: hold fast that which is good."
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.