On their way to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring along bread.
In the meantime, Jesus said to them, "Keep a sharp eye out for Pharisee-Sadducee yeast."
Thinking he was scolding them for forgetting bread, they discussed in whispers what to do.
Jesus knew what they were doing and said, "Why all these worried whispers about forgetting the bread? Runt believers!
Haven't you caught on yet? Don't you remember the five loaves of bread and the five thousand people, and how many baskets of fragments you picked up?
Or the seven loaves that fed four thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers you collected?
Haven't you realized yet that bread isn't the problem? The problem is yeast, Pharisee-Sadducee yeast."
Then they got it: that he wasn't concerned about eating, but teaching - the Pharisee-Sadducee kind of teaching.
When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?"
They replied, "Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."
He pressed them, "And how about you? Who do you say I am?"
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)