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A Devotional:

Biblical Baking Lessons

Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 

– Matthew 16:6


If you are like me and you don’t bake much, leaven isn’t a term you use very often.  Some of you may not even know what it is.  I know I didn’t the first time I read this passage.  Through doing some research, I was able to find quite a lot about leaven.

Leaven is a raising agent used in baking such as yeast or baking powder.  As the dough is exposed to high heat, the leaven begins to release carbon dioxide.  This released air begins to fill the dough and this is what causes the baked good to rise.  It’s this process of being filled, that gives breads, cakes, and other baked items their characteristics that we all know and love.  The same is true in our lives.

Verse 12 of this passage reveals that Jesus isn’t talking about a literal leaven that the Pharisees and Sadducees would sell for baking, but rather their teaching.  Jesus was warning His disciples about the false teachings of these men and cautioning them to avoid it.  He compared their teaching to leaven in an attempt to show that what we take in begins to fill us up.  If they had taken in this leaven of false teaching, it would begin to permeate and consume their lives.  It would give their lives a distorted structure and shape.  It would cause their lives to be built on falsities that would lead to their demise.  Jesus wanted them to avoid this at all costs, and this is why He strived so hard to teach them the truths of God and how to be a disciple.  Jesus wanted to be the raising agent that filled their lives and gave them shape.

We must stop and ask ourselves, what are we allowing to fill us?  What are we allowing to give us shape?  What are our lives built upon?  Are we allowing the false teachings of the world to fill us and distort the structure of our lives?  Or are we being filled by the Word of God and allowing Him to shape us into His intended creation?  We must pursue the Lord as the leaven of our lives and turn away from all other substitutes.

Pray and ask God to reveal what is filling your life.  Ask Him to remove any bad leaven and to replace it with Himself.  Ask for forgiveness for pursuing the wrong sources of fulfillment.  Lastly, thank God for giving your life a true shape and meaning.

Cody Thomas
Student Associate
First Baptist Broken Arrow

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