Even the Lord’s disciples, though men of faith, too often betrayed their weakness and frailty.  When the Lord warned them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, they thought He was aiming a subtle rebuke at them because they had forgotten to bring provisions.  This is a poor testimony to their faith.  Jesus reminds them that no privation was insoluble so long as He was with them.  Had He not, after all, so lavishly provided for crowds of thousands on two separate occasions, that there were several baskets worth of leftovers?  How then could they think He was concerned about where they would find bread? 

We too must confess that we sometimes doubt our Lord’s ability to provide, no matter how much He has done for us.  We are made of the same sinful stuff as Christ’s disciples, and except He hold us up, our faith will often wane.  What was important for the disciples at this juncture was not to be concerned about where their next meal was coming from, but that they beware of the deceptive doctrines of the Pharisees and Sadducees, who, if hearkened to, would lead them away from Christ. 

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