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A Little Leaven

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February 5th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Leaven, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies2 Comments | Author:

God has created this physical world to teach us about the spiritual as Paul explains in Romans 1:20. Life teaches us that everything big has a small beginning.
Our human bodies are drastically effected by bacteria and viruses that are invisible to the human eye. One little virus can cause anything from common cold to a very serious illness which could possibly lead to death.

by Mitch Kuhn

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God has created this physical world to teach us about the spiritual as Paul explains in Romans 1:20. Life teaches us that everything big has a small beginning.
Our human bodies are drastically effected by bacteria and viruses that are invisible to the human eye. One little virus can cause anything from common cold to a very serious illness which could possibly lead to death.

God created this physical experience through Christ to teach us a very important Spiritual principle: every detail matters.
We are going to look at number of different symbols, parables, and stories that teach us to pay very close attention to everything that God commands us to do.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Once we begin to understand God’s commands and start to obey them, we do some or most of what he says, but not everything. No one is naturally diligent, we must learn this over time both in our physical life and in the spirit.
Here is Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians about this very topic. There was someone in their midst involved in physical fornication. The problem was that the Corinthians were actually glorying in this sin, rather than taking steps to discipline this person and purge out the sin from among them.

1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

When making bread, it only takes a little bit of yeast to cause the whole lump of dough to rise. Well the same is true with sin, disobedience to God.
Just a little disobedience has serious and pervasive consequences in our own lives and within the Body of Christ if not dealt with.

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened…

If we are going to become a new lump, which is just another way of saying that we are to become like Christ, obedient, a new creation, then we have to purge out leaven.
The point is that leaven seems small and insignificant, but causes a tremendous change in dough, just like disobedience does in our lives.

Paul gives a similar admonition to the Galatians regarding their desire to go back to keeping the Law of Moses. If they think that they need to keep even just one part of the law, then the Law of Christ has no value.

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Gal 5:6 NKJV For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Gal 5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
Gal 5:8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.
Gal 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

So there it is again. Just trying to keep one little part of the law has a tremendous effect.
It is important to realize that Paul tells the Galatians that going back to the law is to go back to the weak and beggarly elements of the world.

Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements (G4747), whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (G4747) of the world, and not after Christ

Notice that the same Greek word is used for both “elements” and “rudiments”. Paul is warning the Galatians about going back to the law of Moses and he warns the Colossians about the traditions of men.
A little leaven in either of these areas will cause major problems. It will leaven our entire life and overtime will cause issues and spiritual disease that we cannot imagine at the beginning.

Christ teaches the same principle with the parable of sowing seeds.

Mat 13:31 NKJV Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,
Mat 13:32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Mat 13:33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

Zec 4:10 NKJV For who has despised the day of small things?

Jas 3:5 NKJV Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

1Sa 15:1 Samuel also said to Saul, “The LORD sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LORD.
1Sa 15:2 Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.
1Sa 15:3 Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’

1Sa 15:8 NKJV He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
1Sa 15:9 NKJV But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.
1Sa 15:10 NKJV Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying,
1Sa 15:11 NKJV “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.
1Sa 15:12 NKJV So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal.”
1Sa 15:13 NKJV Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.”
1Sa 15:14 NKJV But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”
1Sa 15:15 NKJV And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
1Sa 15:16 NKJV Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.”
1Sa 15:17 So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel?
1Sa 15:18 Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’
1Sa 15:19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”
1Sa 15:20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”
1Sa 15:22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”
1Sa 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
1Sa 15:25 Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD.”
1Sa 15:26 But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
1Sa 15:27 And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.
1Sa 15:28 So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.
1Sa 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”
1Sa 15:30 Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD your God.”
1Sa 15:31 So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
1Sa 15:32 Then Samuel said, “Bring Agag king of the Amalekites here to me.” So Agag came to him cautiously. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”
1Sa 15:33 But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
1Sa 15:34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.
1Sa 15:35 And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

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  • Georgie

    Thanks Mitch and all, i think this was very helpful, and i hope some who were confused over the sensitive, and seemingly small issue of days, will listen to it also, and hear, if it is God’s will.

  • MitchellKuhn

    Amen! Thank you Georgie.

    Mitch Kuhn