Leaven


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Yeast changes things.

For example, as it works, dough rises, and alcohol is released. In a Hebrew person’s life, it was symbolic of sin, and today is still removed from the home for Passover in traditional Jewish families. Paul, knowing the symbolism of yeast or “leaven”, used it to form a word-picture for describing sin in the believer’s life and the community of a church fellowship. He says:

“…Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” – 1 Corinthians 5:6 NKJV

As a believer, the temptation is to attempt to “understand” the leaven, or “appreciate it” for what it is, but meanwhile, it’s busy making changes and producing byproducts. Active yeast is alive, and Paul gives two clear directives in the follow-up verses concerning it:

  • Purge it out (1 Cor. 5:7)
  • Stay with the pure unleavened truth (1 Cor. 5:8)

Purging isn’t a leisure activity and…

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