1 Corinthians 5:6-8, “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
How often do we see where one person’s actions affect the entire groups? It seems if one person is mad, other people will be mad even if they have nothing to be mad about. On the flip side, a happy attitude can be contagious within a group. In a group of apples, if one goes bad, the others will not be far behind it. A little bit turns into a lot of something.
Glorying apart from God is not good. Everything that we have is because of God. If we do not have it, God does not want us to have it. We all have special abilities that we are given. They are given from God. God created humans as the most special of all His creation. So if we think that we can or should take any credit, we are mistaken.
In baking, there is something called leaven. It is what makes the dough rise. Leaven is usually something called yeast. How yeast works is that it ferments, or goes bad, and then the air bubbles created cause the dough to expand. It does not take much yeast to make the dough rise. That is why the question is asked about a little leaven leavening the whole lump of dough. Most people, who baked, would know this but this concept can be applied to more than just baking. In recipes, a little bit of spice will mix together and completely change a recipe, making it good or bad.
Then there is the talk about old leaven. It is to be taken out and destroyed. This is in reference to our life. The bread in this case is like a life lived. The old leaven is all the things that we have done in our life. There are things that are done wrong called sin. Sin is like old leaven, in that it ferments a life and completely changes a life. Old leaven can make bread bad and bad bread is not edible. That bread would need to be thrown away.
Being unleavened is being pure, without sin. When we invite Jesus into our heart, He takes the “old leaven” out and makes us free from sin. The goal is to be unleavened. During Passover, a holiday celebrated by the Jewish people, leaven was removed from the bread and unleavened bread was consumed. This was because this bread was considered to be pure and holy.
The true unleavened bread is Jesus. He sacrificed Himself for us on the cross and was never tainted by sin. He took our sin and took the effect that sin can have on our lives. He is pure and only He can make us pure. We will still sin in this life. That is true, but with Jesus, sin’s effect is not the same. Instead of being thrown out (thrown in Hell), we are kept by God and are allowed to live with God in Heaven.
Malice and wickedness are part of the old leaven. Sincerity and truth are part of the unleavened life. We should avoid malice and wickedness at all costs. Not only is that detrimental to our life but the lives of everyone around us. Sincerity and truth can and should be exercised at all times. This is contagious and good for everyone around. Lies are so harmful so truth should be done at all times.
Bread is so similar to life. Both can be good or bad depending on what is done to make them. Let us choose to have a good life, being a good example for others. That way we can be the bread that leads others to the true Bread. Jesus is the true Bread that can satisfy not only physical needs but also spiritual needs. A little bit of Jesus is all we need and He can change all of us.
Thank You that You are our God, who sent Your Son to be our daily Bread. We have all that we need in Jesus.. We cannot glory on our own apart from You. We cannot live apart from You. Help us with our malice and wickedness and instill in us a spirit of sincerity and truth. You are truth. Help us to be more like You.
In Your name we pray,