Bible Articles on the Topic of Yeast

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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

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.

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.


bred (לחם, leḥem; ἄρτος, ártos):


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).

Parable of the Leaven (1908)


Parable of the Leaven


The Parable of the Leaven


Parable of the Leaven


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, 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.


Matzo, matza or matzah (Yiddish: מצה‎ matsah, Hebrew: מַצָּה‎ matsa; plural matzot; matzos of Ashkenazi Hebrew dialect) is an unleavened flatbread that is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival, during which chametz (leaven and five grains that, per Jewish Law, can be leavened) is forbidden.

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.