The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

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This week John preaches from Mark 8:11-21 where Jesus is confronted by the Pharasees demanding a sign.  Jesus then warns his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod, meaning, to beware of their deceptive thinking that leads many astray into legalism or licentiousness.  Rather, God desires us to love Him and then live by faith. John then concludes the sermon reminding us of Abraham's faith in Romans 4: No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness."