Jesus said “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
It seems that Jesus was warning about both religious and secular snares.
Watch out for both the hypocrisy and pride of religion and the destructive lusts of the world.
Both of these appeal to the flesh rather than the Spirit.
Watch out for anything that puts the glory or flesh of man before the glory and Spirit of God.
Later, Christ rebukes Peter, saying he is not setting his mind on God’s interests, but man’s.
And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
This is how Satan and the world (Herod) work. This is how religion (the Pharisees) works.
They put man – and the “wisdom” of the flesh – before God. They put Man in the place of God by declaring him to be wiser or more powerful than the wisdom and power of God.
Jesus then goes on to say:
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
We must put God before ourselves – before our flesh.
Before personal glory, pride, wisdom (human understanding/reasoning), or comfort.
Before the deception of religion and the worries or snares of the world.
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