AVOIDING YEAST THAT RUINS THE DOUGH
YEAST THAT RUINS THE DOUGH
“Your boasting is not good.
Don’t you know that a little yeast
works through the whole batch of dough?
Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch
without yeast—as you really are.”
1 Cor. 6:5
“’Be careful,’ Jesus warned them,
‘Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees
and that of Herod.”
Bread was the staple of life for the people to whom Jesus and Paul spoke. It was the essential ingredient of their diets. They understood how important it was to know how to make bread.
God had instructed the Jews to eat unleavened bread, which was bread made without yeast. It was dense, and didn’t rise. It wasn’t full of air, puffing it up, as our bread is. Like some of the flatbreads you can buy today.
Jesus is warning us here of two kinds of yeast.
The Pharisees were selling the yeast of legalism. Today we have many who are trying to get you to add this yeast to your life in Christ. Many sell this yeast, newly packaged, claiming that if you only add some Old Testament Law, some rules, some regulations, some religious words, some special days or festivals, that these will be just what you need to make your Christianity rise up and taste good.
Herod was selling another kind of yeast. He represented the world. The riches, pomp, ceremony, latest technology, political beliefs, power, business, social movements, and
, that hotbed of national pride and sinful reliance upon self. Herod was one of the most self-focused, cruel, mean and hateful men ever to hold office in that part of the world. He murdered three of his own sons, his wife, and thousands of small children, plus many others during his lifetime. That is the world’s leaven. Sin and self-focus. Rome
But we have Christ, and need no leaven of any kind. He is the bread of life, and needs no additives. Any leaven will be our attempts to add something, and it always ruins the dough.
Let’s stop attempting to re-invent Christianity, and to improve upon the simple good news that was given to us. Christ in us, and we in Christ. His life without yeast, and as Paul says, that is “what you really are.”
What a great a freeing truth!