Bible Articles on the Topic of Leaven

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A Little Leaven

These words are often quoted as supplying the reason for the rooting out of false doctrine. The application made of them is this: ‘Just as leaven, given time, permeates and changes the whole mass of dough, so also any single difficulty in any Christian fellowship will inevitably ruin the otherwise good character of the rest.’

A Little Leaven

You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.—Galatians 5:7-9

Bread and Yeast

They baked unleavened (matzot) cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened (chametz), because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.—Exodus 12:39 NRS

A Loaf of Bread

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread (artos), and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.—Matthew 26:26 NRS

Good Riddance Day

There’s a fairly new tradition in New York for the transition from one year to the next. It’s called Good Riddance Day, and we just witnessed its seventh annual observance.

Search for Chametz

The process of creating a chametz-free environment comes to its climax the night before Passover. We conduct a veritable “search and destroy” mission to find any remaining chametz in our home and eradicate it. The search is traditionally conducted with a beeswax candle, using a feather, wooden spoon, and a paper bag for collecting any chametz found. It is customary to place ten pieces of bread throughout the house to be “found” during the search. These should be wrapped in paper or some other flammable wrapping (but not silver foil, as it does not burn), and perhaps then in plastic bags to prevent crumbs. It’s a good idea to write down the locations of the hiding places, in case some of the pieces aren’t found.

The Leaven of the Pharisees

“Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:12, NKJV)

The Leaven

Like a tiny lump of leaven, Hidden in a loaf of bread, So too will the kingdom of heaven Stir men’s hearts, Jesus said.

The Leaven of the Pharisees

Again, the progress across the lake of the now famous little vessel was noted by watchful eyes. So it was not long before Jesus was approached by the Pharisees who had provoked the earlier altercation after the discourse in the synagogue at Capernaum. Now they were joined by a group of Sadducees, the Jewish high-priestly party, who were becoming just as anxious as the Pharisees about the activities of Jesus. Doubtless the excited talk after the feeding of the five thousand, about making Jesus king of the Jews, had seriously disturbed them. And not then, only, for it is possible to infer (Mark 8:15) that Herod, who was guessing Jesus to be John the Baptist risen from the dead, was also behind this latest move. This is understandable, for Herod thought himself to be King of the Jews.

The Mustard Seed And The Leaven

In Luke’s gospel the best texts carefully link the parable of the mustard seed with what goes before: “He said therefore…” (RV). This context is completely different from that in Matthew. So the reader is left to conclude either that Jesus spoke these two parables together on two different occasions (a thing not unlikely in itself), or that Matthew, according to his usual method, has brought together in chapter 13 a number of parables that were spoken on different occasions.

Jesus Declares the Parables of the Wheat, Tares, Mustard Seed and Leaven

Jesus describes the Kingdom of God with wheat, tares, a mustard seed and leaven. Later, he assures his servants that a harvest is coming at the end of the dispensation at which time the entire classes of tares and wheat will be gathered by the angels to the judgment seat of God. Based upon the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 36-43.

Leaven

(1.) Hebrew: seor (Exodus 12:15, 19; 13:7; Leviticus 2:11), the remnant of dough from the preceding baking which had fermented and become acid.

Bread

bred (לחם, leḥem; ἄρτος, ártos):

Leaven

lev ́-n (שׂאר, se‘ōr, חמץ, ḥāmec; ζύμη, zúmē; Latin fermentum): The nomadic ancestors of the Hebrews, like the Bedouin of today, probably made their bread without leaven; but leaven came to play a great part in their bread-making, their law and ritual, and their religious teaching (see Exodus 12:15, 12:19; 13:7; Leviticus 2:11; Deuteronomy 16:4; Matthew 13:33; 16:6-12; Mark 8:15 f; Luke 12:1; 13:21).

Leaven

In the Hebrew we find two distinct words, both translated leaven in the common version of the Bible. This is unfortunate, for there is the same distinction between שׂאֹר, seosr’, and חָמֵוֹ, chamets’, in the Hebrew, as between leaven and leavensed bread in the English. The Greek ζύμη, appears to be used only in the former sense, and it is doubtful if it applies to a liquid. Chemically speaking, the “ferment” or “yeast” is the same substance in both cases; but “leaven” is more correctly applied to solids, “ferment” both to liquids and solids.

Parable of the Leaven (1908)

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The Parable of the Leaven

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Bedikas Chametz

Bedikas Chametz, or Bedikat Chametz (from: בְּדִיקַת חָמֵץ in Hebrew, Tiberian: [bədhīqath chāmētz]) is the search before the Jewish Holiday of Pesach for Chametz. The search takes place after nightfall on the evening before Pesach (the night of the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, as stated in the Mishnah tractate Pesachim). When Pesach starts on Saturday night, Bedikas Chametz takes place on Thursday night (two nights before Pesach).

Chametz

Chametz, also Chometz, Ḥametz, Ḥameṣ, Ḥameç and other spellings transliterated from Hebrew: חָמֵץ / חמץ (IPA: [χaˈmets]), are leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewish holiday of Passover. According to Jewish law, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from chametz during Passover. This law appears several times in the Torah; the punishment for eating chametz on Passover is the divine punishment of kareth (“spiritual excision”), one of the severest levels of punishment in Judaism. For non-Jews, this punishment would be understood as the equivalent of eternal damnation.

Parable of the Leaven

The Parable of the Leaven (also called the Parable of the yeast) is one of the shortest parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew (13:33) and Luke (13:20–21). In both places it immediately follows the Parable of the Mustard Seed, which shares this parable’s theme of the Kingdom of Heaven growing from small beginnings.