WHAT IS THE OLD LEAVEN BREAD

Read 1 Cor. 5:7 As we keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread this week of Passover, let’s talk about the LEAVEN, the AIR-BORN YEAST that makes the bread rise. If yeast is air born, it can be carried on the breath of our words. That’s why we are cautioned by Yashuah to guard our lips, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. It can cause mischief in ministries, families and houses of worship and seduce unsuspecting, simple souls who fall into error by lending their ears to lies and half-truths. It’s the very Leaven of the Serpent’s deceit in the Garden that tricked Adam and Eve. It’s evil and it breaks the heart of a loving Father and disqualifies us from tasting of the Tree of Life. It is Hearsay and as such, it is inadmissible in a court of law. If it is not admissible in a court of law, why do we imagine it is permitted in the Courts of Heaven, in the Court of the Lord?  Those who engage in it cannot enter the presence of the Almighty except to face His judgement. That’s why Paul took pains to address this issue.

 

Look at Exodus 12:15-17. We are told to keep this ordinance of Unleavened Bread for a full week, for all our generations. It’s not just one day, it’s a lifestyle, a way of living with integrity before the Creator. This is about more than bread, flour and water. It is a Graphic illustration of a deeper spiritual character issue of the heart, so I am asking Holy Spirit to shine a spotlight into each of our hearts this week to expose the hidden leaven that is contaminating the bread of our testimony, the testimony of Yashuah our Messiah, the Lord of our lives, the Lord of Love.

 

What we release into the air through our words can invade, infest and defile the life of others.  Notice that it is an AIR-BORNE bacteria. All you need to do to attract it is to mix flour with water and wait.  For example, if we listen to gossip about another person and water it with what we think of as prayer, if we allow our ears to be defiled with complaints and criticism about another person, we have been puffed up with the yeast of treachery. Yes, treachery! 

 

Read 1 Cor. 5:7 again. Paul talks about this very thing. It doesn’t take much yeast, much careless gossip, much idle talk about another person, to blow up and destroy a fellowship that once honored the Savior or to destroy a family or a life. Idle, careless talk and speculation is the absence of love. If we say we love the Lord and desire to walk in right fellowship with Him, we cannot be contaminated with the Leaven that passes on the breath of our words. The Holy Spirit cannot abide in a place that is defiled with the Leaven of idle or accusing words that wound the Father and crucify the Lamb of God anew.

 

Use Philippians 4:8 is a guide. If we can’t speak about what’s good or right or true or lovely, we need to be silent. That does not mean we just hold angry or judgmental thoughts in our silence to pollute our hearts and minds. It means that we must focus on the heart of God who gave His only begotten Son for our salvation; who loves us too much to look away when we get puffed up with the Leaven of critical judgement of another person. If that love isn’t our main focus and motivation, then we will not be able to operate in the law of love toward each other and are easily infested with the Leaven of yeast.

By Judith Landry