Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy!
Not long after, I saw a group approaching. Pharisees and Sadducees. Not a group I usually see together, unless they have a common foe. They came to Jesus.
“Show us a sign from heaven.”
Like the sun going dark, I wondered? He just fed thousands.
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.”
Jesus then left them and went away. We followed him as he angled toward the boat.
While we crossed, Jesus was quiet.
Peter asked Judas, “Did you remember to bring the leftover bread from feeding the 4,000?”
“No. You didn’t?”
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
“It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
Listening, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
“Oh…it’s a symbol of being careful with the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”