A little yeast will work through the whole dough. It’s amazing how it spreads and permeates. Yeasty ideas are those which work their way into my mind and life, spreading and impacting me. Jesus says to beware the yeast of the Pharisees. What is that about?
17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”
5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Matthew 16:5-7, 12
Israel was commanded to celebrate the Festival (or feast) of Unleavened Bread, which is another name for the Passover week. No yeast was to be used in any cooking during this period. Jesus warned his disciples about yeast in his teaching to them. The symbol of yeast and its importance remained throughout history from the Exodus onward.
Yeast is an active substance added to dough to make it rise. A little yeast works its way through the entire dough (Galatians 5:9). Often in the Bible, yeast is used as an example of negative things working their way into the pure and dedicate to God.
How am I doing with keeping myself unleavened? And in a world in which new ideas and innovations are what fuel the growth of our nations and organizations, there is somehow a difference between good ideas and yeasty ideas. There is a difference between ideas which will take us further and ideas which will take us further from God.
Some people believe that going further in advancement is going further from god. They believe that god is an old-world idea of primitive people. Call me primitive.
I want to go further as a human by going further with God.
The way to test my ideas and the ideas I let into my worldview is to filter them through the teaching of Scripture. Paul commended the Berean Christians (Acts 17:11) for testing his teaching against the Scriptures. Paul was not above the law when it came to his ideas being tested. That is the test of a good teacher. Good teachers should be willing for their ideas to stand up against the teaching of God.
Today I want to ask the question, “does this match what the Bible says about life and faith and truth?” Will I be brave enough to discard those things which do not and walk away from them toward my Lord? May it be so…