Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy. The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins ? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
“I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
“And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisee, the appointed guide to scripture who doesn’t keep it himself. Yeast grows and multiplies, slowly, often unnoticed until the size has doubles. All will be made known, nothing is hidden. Do not fear the enemy who can kill the body, the physical, fear the one who can destroy the soul, our eternity. That one cares for us and knows us. Therefore, we have nothing to fear. We will rise above what comes against us here.
Connection to Christ provides a path to the understanding the Holy Spirit gives. This connection supersedes any power on earth. When all is said and done, our eternal place is sure. This passage is a good reminder of how temporary our physical existence is. It reminds us also, who our supply is for what we need to live a life of love and obedience to the one who created and loves us.