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A little works through the whole batch. That's
what we're told about yeast or leavening in God's Word (Matthew
5:9). Leaven includes various agents, the most common
of which is yeast. It causes dough or batter to rise through the process
of fermentation. Yeast or leaven spreads by contact of particle with particle,
changing each particle into its own nature at contact. Thus, it penetrates
and diffuses its power throughout the whole batch. In the New Testament
scriptures, yeast or leaven is symbolic of anything which influences something
far larger than itself.
Jesus used yeast or leaven to illustrate positive
influence. He compared yeast or leaven to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew
13:33) and the kingdom of God (Luke
13:21). One person influences those with whom he
comes into contact. Those people, in turn, do the same. Thus, those within
the kingdom are like yeast or leavening, penetrating and diffusing the
power of the Gospel message and Christian way of living.
Likewise, Jesus used yeast or leaven to illustrate
negative influence. He compared yeast or leaven to the teaching of the
Pharisees, Sadducees, Herod, and to hypocrisy (Matthew
12:1). The apostle Paul also used yeast or leaven
in comparison with sin, including sexual immorality, boasting, malice,
wickedness, and disobedience (1
Corinthians 5:1-13; Galatians
5:7-10). One person influences those with whom he
comes into contact, this time in a negative way, spreading sin or at least
indifference to it. Then, those people, spread sin or indifference to sin
Which type of yeast or leaven are you? Your influence
is more powerful than you might imagine. You really do influence everyone
with whom you come into contact. Is your influence positive or negative?
Are you furthering the kingdom or spreading sin? Live your life for Christ
and use your influence wisely. Just as the Bible teaches us, a little works
through the whole batch.
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