Its first occurrence in Ex. 12:15 significantly marks it as something
to be "put away." There is no dispute as to the meaning of the word,
which is sour or fermenting dough. The difference lies
in its interpretation. This can be gathered only from its usage by
the Holy Spirit.
- It is used of its work in permeating the whole of that
with which it is mixed (Matt. 13:33; Luke 13:21; 1Cor. 5:6; Gal. 5:9; Hos.
- It is used of the bread which is made from the meal
so permeated (Ex. 12:15, 19, 20, 34, 39; 13:7).
- It is used in connection with sacrifices, as
never to be
offered to God with any offering made by fire (Lev. 2:11; 6:17; 10:12).
- It is used by Metaphor (see Ap. 6) for doctrine (Matt.
16:12. Mark 8:15. Gal. 5:9).
- It is used of the effects of evildoers (1Cor. 5:6-8; 15:33).
- In Lev. 23:17 it is used in that which symbolizes mankind,
and in a proper sense of being corrupted. The sin-offering associated
with the leaven in the two wave-loaves corresponds with this.
- In Amos 4:4, 5 it is either the language or Figure of
Irony (see Ap. 6); or, it shows that the "thanksgiving with leaven"
is symbolical of the sin which is ever present even in the worshippers
Thus in every instance it is associated with, and symbolical of, only
that which is evil.
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