A Little Yeast
Read Galatians 5:7-10
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.
Have you ever experienced a situation in which “a little yeast” worked its way through a whole batch of dough? How did that experience impact your views about biblical truth?
We had a carton of strawberries in the fridge the other day. It looked like a beautiful batch on the surface. Unfortunately, there was a rotten strawberry right in the middle. Every single strawberry touching that one moldy strawberry had begun to mold, too. I had to toss several berries out so the mold wouldn’t spread through the entire carton.
The apostle Paul used a different analogy but the same idea. He said that “a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” What does the yeast represent? Throughout Scripture, yeast or leaven is a symbol of sin. It is small, and its effects are gradual but powerful. When you bake a loaf of bread, it takes just a tiny bit of yeast, but eventually, the entire loaf is puffed up and rising. It doesn’t happen immediately, so it can be difficult to notice unless you are paying careful attention. However, once it has permeated the entire batch, it is impossible to ignore its effects.
For the Galatians, this yeast was the false teaching of legalism. Paul said they had been running their faith race so well! They had joyfully accepted the gospel message from Paul and treated him graciously. They had believed in grace by faith. But something changed. Someone had influenced them. No doubt, it started small, but it began to spread. This false gospel was throwing them into confusion. They were beginning to doubt that they were really saved by grace and their faith.
Paul warned them that the person who was “cutting in “ on their faith race was trying to get them to trip. He reminded them that anyone spreading the message of legalism is not from God, and they should deal with the issue immediately before it works its way through the whole batch! He also warned that those responsible for spreading a false message would face eternal consequences. God does not take it lightly when others lead His people astray.
Friends, are you hearing any false messages from our culture today? If yes, toss them out! Remove them from your life and your home. All it takes is just a little bit of heresy to go unnoticed before all of your berries go bad.
Father, please give me the wisdom and discernment to be able to spot the yeast or mold of the messages in my life, my family, and my church. Please keep me from accepting as truth any other views besides the Gospel that You have shared in Your Word. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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