The Parable of The Leaven
What is Leaven?
Leaven is used to make bread dough rise. It is a single celled microorganism classified in the fungus kingdom. Also known as yeast, it creates a fermentation process that converts sugars to carbon dioxide gas and makes bread dough rise.
Pictured above, Sally Fields plays, The Flying Nun, in one of my favorite childhood T.V. shows. Here she discovers the power of yeast in bread dough.
The Spiritual Meaning of The Leaven
“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, (Messiah) our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.…” 1 Corinthians 5:6
Jesus/Y’shua explained several parables giving clues for those with ears to hear and eyes to see. Look for the Spiritual Truth revealed in these physical examples:
“Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6
“How can you not understand that I was not telling you about bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:11
Hypocrisy, Corrupted Teachings and Boasting are referred to as the old, bad leaven/yeast.
At our Creator’s annually appointed Feast of Unleavened Bread we get rid of all our leaven, Leviticus 23:5 .
“Therefore let us keep the (Passover/Unleavened Bread) Feast, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8
Leavened by His Spirit of Truth
YHVH’s (He Exists) named His people, those who kept His Torah, Israel. Israel means, one who struggles/perseveres/contends with and prevails with God/El.
Whether we call ourselves the Church, the Assembly, the Congregation, His Body, His Children, His Seed, His Servants or The Bride of Messiah/Christ, there is no division in Spiritual Israel.
All are Israel who join themselves to YHVH, to serve Him, to love His Name, to be His Bond-servants, All who keep His Sabbath without defiling it and prevail/take hold of His Covenant, Isaiah 56:6, 7
YHVH defines Himself as One, He is God Alone, He Is, Was and Always Will Exist, His Torah is Spiritual, Perfect and He Is Unchanging: Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:7; John 17:11; John 17:21; Mark 12:29; James 2:19. Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Romans 7:14…
The Woman is His Spirit
Like Yeast, (the Kingdom of Heaven) that the Woman, (The Ruach), took and mixed into three measures of flour?
Why Three Measures?
Three measures of flour is a weight called an Ephah, which is approximately 92.99- 144 cups of flour, depending on which conversion table you google. I also found Three measures, or an Ephah, of flour mentioned in these passages: Judges 6:19; 1 Samuel 1:24; 1 Samuel 17:17; Ezekiel 45:11,12; Ezekiel 45:24; Ezekiel 46:5; Ruth 2:17.
Similar to the grain offering given at The Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost. Two leavened loaves are offered as the First-Fruits of the wheat harvest. Fifty days after Y’shua resurrected from the dead and ten days after He ascended to heaven, He instructed 120 people to wait, (unleavened) for the promised Spirit (Ruach), Acts 1:15; Luke 24:49 .
The Giving of Torah and The Giving of The Spirit were at Shavuot
Moses received the Torah at Shavuot, (Pentecost) the third lunar month, Exodus 19:1; Leviticus 23:15. The Spirit was also given to Y’shua’s disciples at Shavuot (Pentecost), Acts 2:1 Y’shua also referred to Himself as The Torah, saying “…These are the very Words that bear witness about Me,” John 5:39; Matthew 3:11; Ephesians 6:17.
From Unleavened to Being Leavened with His Spirit
Passover/Unleavened Bread is celebrated on the 14th of the first lunar month at twilight. Physically we search our homes for hidden yeast and remove every spec of it from our homes. Beginning the eve of Passover, only Unleavened bread is to be eaten for seven days, Exodus 13:7.
“Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”1 Corinthians 5:7
We Must Be Born Again
We Must Become A New, Unleavened Batch of Dough
Yeshua said, “You must be born again.” John 3:3, 5, 7; 1 Peter 1:3, 23
We must become like a new, unleavened batch of dough, 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Because Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable, 1 Corinthians 15:50
The Kingdom of Heaven is like, a Woman, (The Ruach) who took yeast, (Torah) and mixed it with three measures of (unleavened) flour, until All of it was leavened, (in His Spiritual Kingdom).