A Little Leaven
A Little Leaven
Thinking people today take quite a variety of precautions to prevent their children and themselves from getting a number of communicable diseases. It’s only smart. We get immunized for various diseases. We use caution around tick and mosquito infested areas. We avoid people with infectious diseases and maybe take vitamin C or multi-vitamins to strengthen our immune system. We wash our hands and use water fountains and public bathrooms with caution.
All this and much more helps guard our susceptibility to a long list of diseases. Nevertheless, it is still possible to catch any disease in spite of precautions.
In biblical days, leprosy was a communicable disease and they had no cure or means of preventing its contagion. Quarantine was their only method of preventing its spread. Not everyone is susceptible to leprosy, but people thought it best to err on the side of caution.
Usually, leprosy is undetected for quite some time, until it starts to spread. Then it can disfigure a person horribly, if left untreated. Those who are in close contact with a leprous person are more likely to contract the disease.
Realizing our need to stay disease free, we use this picture language to describe our even greater need to avoid sin. People speak of the ”leprosy of sin”, to show sin’s destructive effects on our lives. Just as leprosy and other diseases can lead to disfigurement and death, so sin disfigures our lives and eventually leads to eternal death.
Sin leaves ugly scars on our lives. But, as with leprosy, many people don’t even realize how infected they are with sin, until the disfigurement rears its hideous head and death is knocking at their door.
People who enjoyed toying with sin suddenly realize the truth expressed in Galatians 5:9, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.” Their little bit of sin is no longer a trivial matter. Their lives are marred beyond imagination.
Some verses we can take to heart in dealing with temptations include,
Do not enter the path of the wicked
and do not proceed in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, do not pass by it.
Turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
and they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. Proverbs 4:14-16
Do not be envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them;
for their minds devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble. Proverbs 24:1-2
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. Titus 1:15
For this we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for Your guidance.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.