Matthew 16 — Good or bad “yeast”?

Yeast is commonly seen as a symbol for pride, something bad. Why does God command us to not eat leavened bread for seven days after Passover then at Shavuot (Pentecost) command that He be offered two loaves of leavened bread? How is the answer to this paradox found in Yeshua’s cryptic instruction to His disciples to beware of the “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees”?

Thought questions

  • What kind of signs are the people asking Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) for?
  • What was the “sign of Jonah”?
    • What are similarities between the account of the Gibeonites in Joshua 9 and the sign of Jonah?
    • How was the reaction at Pentecost similar to the reaction of Ninevah?
    • Is Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) the real sign of Jonah?
  • How was the forgetting bread, the previous feeding of the 5,000 and the 4,000, the yeast of the Pharisees and Saduccees?
    • What is the yeast of the Pharisees and Saducees?
    • What does the Hebrew word hallel mean?
    • What did the people of the Exodus complain about?
    • Why do we put the leaven back into our bread after Passover?
    • How is the newness of life connected to Shavuot?
  • Where is Caesarea Phillipi?
  • How was the area related to paganism?
  • What is the “binding” and “loosening” Yeshua referred to with Peter?
  • What is the “bedrock” of Yeshua’s restoration of Israel?
    • What was Peter’s and Abraham’s bedrock?

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