No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

Appendix 7: No Leaven: Symbol of a Pure Life 

To celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread, we change the recipe for our bread and do not use leavening agents, or we simply buy matzah that does not have leaven. In preparation for the feast, we review the Bible passage that tells us, “On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses” (Exod 12:15), and we remember that yeast and leavening agents are symbolic of sin. Just as yeast puffs up bread, we see that selfishness and arrogance puff up a person to be haughty and sinful. As part of the celebration of the feast of Unleavened Bread, we look through our homes to try to find any leaven that might be there, such as bread crumbs, cookie crumbles and bits of baked goods. Then we get rid of it. We search in the corners and crevices because our goal is to have the house free of leaven, while at the same time, we search our spiritual house with the goal that it will be free of sin.  

Paul says in First Corinthians 3: 

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Cor 3:16–17).  

But then he goes on in First Corinthians chapter 5, saying: 

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles–that a man has his father’s wife! And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor 5:1–5)  

Paul is saying, “You need to stop fellowshipping with this guy.” Now, ‘deliver him to Satan’ means to let him pursue the evil he has chosen, and it will run its course, and hopefully the bad results will cause the person to return to God in repentance so that he will be saved when Jesus comes back. God says that we must not let him remain as part of the congregation thinking that he’s okay. Isn’t that what Jesus said to the seven churches? You are doing this right and this right, but I have this thing against you. He then instructs them to change and warns them of the consequences of remaining in sin. “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6). 

Because with this little bit of leaven (this immorality and this arrogance), the problem is that it spreads. It is completely incompatible with the kingdom of God, which is going to be revealed at Jesus’ second coming. Arrogance, immorality and perversion have no place in God’s kingdom. We need to start practicing a life free of arrogance, immorality and perversion now, not just wait until Jesus returns. If we wait until then, it is too late. We have to practice it today. We are told to purge out the old leaven because Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  

“You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread; you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib (Exod 23:15).  

And then Jesus took the bread. He took matzah, unleavened bread, and He blessed it, and He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body” (Matt 26:26). That unleavened bread, the matzah, is this picture―Jesus says, “This is me.” There is no sin, there is no impurity in His body; we are to take and eat that matzah in remembrance of Him.  

Then Paul says in First Corinthians:  

Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us (1 Cor 5:7). Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:8). … But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat with such a person (1 Cor 5:11). 

We are to look at the plank in our own eye before we point out the speck in our brother’s eye. That is what we do first. But after we have taken an inventory of our heart in great humility, then we want to be careful not to keep the wrong company.  

It was Christ, who took His life in His hands; and He went to the cross as the sacrifice. He was the blood that was put on the door lintel of Passover. If we are under the blood, and we are saved, then God passes over us and we are protected from the judgment. But we must first get out the old leaven. 

Paul is clear about the requirement for believers to live right; in fact, the entire Bible plainly states that followers of Jesus will live righteously. He says:  

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites (1 Cor 6:9), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:10). Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against His own body (1 Cor 6:18). Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19).  

 These are sobering words―“The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Fellow believer, I want to challenge you, encourage you and exhort you during this time that God has given us an opportunity to look at our own lives; Too often we point our finger and say, “Well, it is because of the homosexuals, it’s all their fault. If it were not for them, we would have a wonderful country.” 

They have their issues, we know that. However, did we look at the list of God’s top ten? Do we see homosexuals and fornicators on the list? We absolutely do. Yet look deeper― covetousness ―that 10th commandment, “You shall not covet.” Nobody can see you coveting, except one. He can see you coveting. If we covet, we will not inherit the kingdom of God because it is incompatible with God’s character.  

How can you have fellowship with God if you are coveting? How can you have fellowship with God if you are committing any one of these behaviors that God calls abominations? This is an opportunity for us to look deep at our own hearts and say, “Lord! Forgive me, I have been coveting.”  

Some years ago, I was going through the 10 commandments and just doing an internal check of how I am doing. I started with the first, “Have no other gods before me, I am the Lord your God that brought you out of Egypt, You shall have no gods before me,” and of course I repented, “Lord, I’m sorry.” “You should not make any graven images,” I do not know where I was on that; I think I had a pretty good score on that one. Then, “Don’t take His name in vain,” “Keep the Sabbath…” and I went through the commandments.  

I got to number 10, and I realized that I had been coveting. I had been coveting my neighbor’s house. I had been coveting my neighbor’s wife. I had been coveting my neighbor’s car and my neighbor’s bank account. I had to repent. As I came to the realization that I had broken the command: “Do not covet,” I then also realized that through coveting, I was actually having other gods in my life.  

By breaking number 10, I was breaking number 1. “You shall have no other God before me.” I was setting up idols in my heart. What I was really saying was, “God, I don’t trust you; I don’t believe you; I don’t think you’re sufficient for me.” Therefore, I have to look to things outside of what I own and possess, and say, “Oh! If only I could have that thing, then I would be happy.” When God has promised to be sufficient, to give more than enough. I was guilty of violating the 10th commandment. I was guilty of covetousness, which is idolatry. I was worshiping the harlot.  

Idolaters are saying, “I don’t think God is enough, the God of heaven, who made heaven and Earth is not enough for me; I want something else.” That is what Mystery Babylon is all about. This is the kingdom that reigns over the entire Earth, and we all can fall prey to the lure of unrestrained desires that will ultimately enslave us in this kingdom. “… Babylon has fallen, fallen! All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!” (Isa 21:9). It is idolatry to live an unchecked pattern of covetousness. God has instructed us to be humble and content, yet we refuse to be satisfied. We fall prey to the green-eyed monster and become envious and greedy, then plummet into covetousness. It is the one sin that nobody can see. I cannot see you coveting; You cannot see me coveting (unless you put chocolate too close to my face). But that is what is happening. We say, “Oh! If only I could have that.” Coveting involves lusting for something you cannot have, whether it is of a sexual nature, finances, power, or fame, it is still lust, which is coveting. The further danger of covetousness is that it leads you to violate more of the 10 commandments. It always happens; It is guaranteed.  

We read about the doctrine of Balaam in Revelation, chapter 2. Jesus said, “Look, you’re doing okay here, but ‘… you have those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality (Rev 2:14). … Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth’” (Rev 2:16). We read about this incident in Numbers 25 when: 

“Israel … began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab (Num 25:1). … and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel” (Num 25:3).  

They provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them (Ps 106:29).  

We profess to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, who sent His son Jesus to die on the cross; yet we have idolatry in our hearts. We need to sober up. Let us not be deceived. What a man sows that he will also reap. If you sow to idolatry, you are going to reap idolatry. Paul tells us that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is the time for us to repent, “Oh! God, forgive me.”  

Paul says the same thing in Galatians:  

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:18–21). 

Maybe you have prayed to receive Christ as your Savior. Hallelujah! I am glad that you did. I would encourage you if you haven’t, to pray, “Father, forgive me. Cleanse me of my sins. I make You my King.” That is always a good thing. If you have not done that, do that. If you have done that, and you see yourself on this list, pray again, “Father, forgive me.”  

Peter says: 

“As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance (1 Pet 1:14); … knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers (1 Pet 1:18), but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Pet 1:19). … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart (1 Pet 1:22). 

Our God has found a way to forgive us for lusting after the harlot. He sent Jesus, Yeshua, our Mashiach or Messiah. It does not matter if you say it in Hebrew, it really does not. If you have not given your life to Him, if you have not repented of your sins, today is the day.  

Are you lusting in ways that people cannot see but you know, and God knows? You say, “Well, you know what? I don’t look at pornography.” Great! That is good. But are you coveting other things? You might look at the list and say, “Well, none of those apply to me, none of them.” Are you that perfect? Look at this list, these different lists that Paul gives us (See Appendix 5 Balaam). He says that if we practice these things, we will not inherit the kingdom of God. God is going to destroy the harlot. We need to purge out the leaven in our lives, or we will be purged when He comes back.