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Just a Little Yeast …

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1 Corinthians 5:6,7 Your proud talk is not good. You know the saying, “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” Take out all the old yeast, so that you will be a new batch of dough. You really are bread without yeast—Passover bread.

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One of the things I love about Jewish culture is how richly they use words to paint pictures. So, if you’ve ever wondered why yeast is used as a symbol of sin in Scripture, let’s take a look at the picture it paints.

My body just doesn’t react all that well to bread, so I don’t eat it very often. But that doesn’t stop me from pausing outside a hot bread shop to take in the gorgeous smell of freshly baked bread.

And when you look at the loaves in the window they’re so alluring, aren’t they? That crispy crust on the outside, light, soft, fresh inside with tiny air pockets throughout, made by the gases from the yeast which caused the dough to rise.

And that’s why yeast is used as a symbol of sin in the Bible. Just a small bit of it, mixed in with a lot of dough, will cause it to rise and become all puffed up.

1 Corinthians 5:6,7 Your proud talk is not good. You know the saying, “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” Take out all the old yeast, so that you will be a new batch of dough. You really are bread without yeast—Passover bread.

And that’s what just a little bit of pride will do to you – make you rise up, all puffed up. Sure, your pride may make you look good for a little while, but pretty soon it makes you stale.

Bread without yeast – Passover bread, or matza as it’s called – looks far less impressive. It’s flat. It’s humble. It’s crunchy, not soft. But it lasts a long time without going stale.

Just a little bit of pride is a dangerous thing.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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