1Cor 5:6-8 A Little Yeast

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May 15, 2023, 6:28:16 AM5/15/23
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 A Little Yeast

1Cor 5:6-8  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. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

This verse explains a number of other verses dealing with the symbolism of unleavened bread.

 Mt 13:33 He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast (leaven) that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."

This parable is actually about sin in the Christian church. Presently the church is made up of true believers and and those who are merely called "Christians". The Corinthian church is an example. Paul gives similar advice in

 "You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.  'A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.'" Galatians 5:7-9

The yeast in Galatians was the false brethren, those of the group of the circumcision who introduced false doctrine. And Jesus also makes reference to yeast being false doctrine in Matt 16:11,12. Thus yeast refers to both sinful behavior and false teachings.

In contrast to these, the unleavened bread is that of sincerity and truth. Jesus represents this unleavened bread. For the communion service in which Jesus associated his flesh with the bread, was actually a celebration of the week of unleavened bread just before the Passover. Yet how sincere are Christians today? How concerned about truth? Christians should not be involved in lying, slandering and falsifying information. They should not put on a false face or speak deceitfully.

It doesn't take much hypocrisy to corrupt the whole church.

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