“Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?” I Corinthians 5:6
It was a Tuesday evening and I was on my way home from Fenton. I had just enjoyed some time with Daniel, Carrie, Zoe and MacKenzie. As I was heading south on Milford Road it was raining hard. A north bound car raced past me and kicked up a stone. I heard that foreboding smack on my windshield. The first thought that went through my mind was, “I hope that didn’t cause a crack.” Well, it certainly did!
The next morning I got in the car to head to Walled Lake and, sure enough, there was a six inch crack from the base of the window running on an angle right in front of my face. I made the short trip to Walled Lake and another quick jaunt in the afternoon, but that was obviously a mistake. What started out as a six inch crack had turned into a nasty crack about three times longer than it was when I drove out of the driveway earlier that morning.
A small stone had caused a weakness, and when I continued to drive the car it got worse:
“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
When the Israelite’s were given instructions for observing their first Passover, God instructed them to use only unleavened bread (Exodus 12:15).
Those instructions would serve as an ongoing metaphor for maintaining holiness in our relationship with God. For you see, yeast was often used to typify the presence of evil or impurity. Jesus used the metaphor of yeast when describing the spiritual condition of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:6).
Paul’s reminder that even “a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough,” serves as a caution against compromising the presence of sin or evil in our lives even to a small degree. Once the door is open to the presence of evil, sin, or spiritual impurity, it quickly expands until it’s out of control and can cause serious destruction. It’s a lot like a small crack in the windshield when left unattended.
Be vigilant. Be alert. Be aware of the small cracks, and even a small presence of yeast. Your spiritual health and well-being is at stake.
Avoiding the yeast!