Galatians 5:7-9 – Leaven

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:7-9 ESV)

Leaven is a substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it rise.  It only takes a small amount and the entire lump of dough has been permeated by the yeast and will begin rising.  Throughout the Bible leaven is used as an analogy for evil that creeps into the lives of people.  Jesus tells the disciples to watch out for it (Matthew 16:6) and Paul mentions it again in (1 Corinthians 5:6-7).  Paul is specifically referencing a legalism that has creeped into the Gospel at the church in Galatia, and has actually twisted it, distorting the Gospel’s truth.  We can apply this principle to our lives today.

Leaven doesn’t always equate to legalism.  Leaven can be any bad doctrine that is attached to the Gospel.  We must be careful as we follow and listen to religious leaders who are great communicators or creative in their presentations.  They might be fun to hear and we might even get a nugget of truth from them every once in a while,  but if there is a leaven of bad doctrine in their message, it can hinder us from obeying the truth of the Gospel as it creeps into every corner of thought and life.  We are no better than the disciples who Jesus warned of this or the churches in Galatia and Corinth who were warned by Paul.  So, we must always be on guard as we listen to and follow religious leaders and communicators.

Is there leaven spreading in your life?