A Little Leaven

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees...

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Jesus often spoke of the false teachers who were around during Jesus' time on Earth as well as the false teachers who could come later.  In Matthew 16:6-12, Mark 8:15-21, and in Luke 12:1-3 is recorded the words of Jesus, when He warned His disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.   The account recorded in Matthew, goes on to explain that the leaven He was referring to was the doctrine or teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees, which Luke explains is hypocrisy.

In Judaism, one of the 10 Major Holidays is the Holiday of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  During this holiday, observant Jews will not eat any foods containing leaven or yeast (Leviticus 23:5-8).  During this holiday, the observant home will do a thorough house cleaning to remove any leaven in the house which includes all bread except matzah or unleavened bread.  If you make your own matzah, you are required to mix the flour and water together and start the baking process in under 18 minutes.  The reason for this strict timeframe is that yeast is in the very air we breath.  When a little of that yeast gets into the wet flour, it will start to activeate and reate

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6, ESV)