Jesus loved to tell stories. Jesus loved to be subtle. Jesus loved to find out if hearts were paying attention.
Sometimes it didn’t exactly work.
Jesus and the disciples were heading to the other side. They kept crossing the lake, moving from crowd to crowd, need to need, person to person. This time, in the process of packing for the trip, no one remembered to grab the bread.
And Jesus says, “”Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
They decided he was talking about forgetting the bread.
I’m not sure why they thought that answer made sense. Maybe there was a brand of special bread: Holysum. It was endorsed by leaders of both spiritual/political parties. In order to follow Jesus, you should boycott this bread.
Jesus stopped them.
“If you are short of bread, you should know by now that I can feed thirteen as easily as 5,000 (20,000 counting families).”
What Jesus wanted them to understand was that who you follow matters more than food. Jesus can provide food, easily, miraculously. But when people drift away from following him to following others, even to following religion, it’s much harder to fix that problem.
What you listen to, what you think about, what you take in, works its way all the way through your life. If you allow the teaching of the religious to work its way through your heart, you will end up creating false tests for Jesus. You will end up being more religious than God.
They finally understood, the disciples did. At least they understood that Jesus was talking about teaching rather than bread. And they offer a lesson.
Don’t be more concerned with supper than with what you watch while you eat: one is bad for the body, the other for the soul.