- How did your parents complete this sentence when you were a child: "How many times do I have to tell you...?"
- The Pharisees had an ongoing problem with Jesus--He wasn't under their theological control. How might we be trying to control Jesus rather than the other way around?
- In Mark 8: 11 the Pharisees come to Jesus demanding a sign of his authority from heaven. All the while, they were not taking care of the orphans and widows in need, or leading the people in the way of justice and mercy. Johnny Cash sings a song that goes, "You're so heavenly minded, you're no earthly good." How can always looking for signs of assurance from heaven get in the way of doing earthly good here and now?
- Jesus' disciples run into a slightly different problem--They aren't looking for signs at all. In Mark 8:14-16, the disciples are so concerned about their lack of bread in the boat with Jesus (even though Jesus just fed 4,000 people on 7 loaves and a few small fish), that they can't see the beauty in God's handiwork right in front of them. How hard it is it for you to see what God is doing in your life? What gets in the way most often?
- Jesus says, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod." A little yeast, as we know, affects (or infects) the whole batch of dough. What do you think Jesus is talking about here? Why is it so important to avoid even the slightest bit of pride with regards to piety or power?
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