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Hold the yeast

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Here’s Leviticus 2:1&11:
     “When you present grain as an offering to the Lord, the offering must consist of choice flour. You are to pour olive oil on it, sprinkle it with frankincense.”

“Do not use yeast in preparing any of the grain offerings you present to the Lord, because no yeast or honey may be burned as a special gift presented to the Lord.” (See Also Leviticus 6:17)

To the point: God is always concerned first and foremost with matters of the heart. That is to say that when we do any deed “in the name of God,” we must have the purest of intentions. Symbolically, ministry before The Lord should be done with, “choice flour.” Anything less makes the act all about you and what you are doing.  As Jesus said, “you have your reward.” (See Matthew 6:1-4)

In the verses above, the writer used the word, “yeast.” Yeast, AKA leaven, was always considered an impure additive to the flour that was used in the sacrificial offering and the things that we do from day to day. (See 1Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9)  As these verses indicate, it only takes a little to really ruin the whole thing. Some modern day leaven might be personal gain.  Did you do the deed for recognition?  Or perhaps when you help someone you are quick to tag your one of the many phrases that indicates that your “offering” to them has a degree a leaven in it:

“I could have told you that this would happen.”

“Do you know what this has cost me?”

“I went way out of my way to do this.”

Boasting is another strong marker that a little “yeast” in your kindness. But if we serve people as if we were ministering to God Himself, we can rest assures that it is a sweat aroma to The Lord.  God only accepts what is pure. See Psalm 51:17

    Doug Rea is the Pastor at Connections in Albany, GA.

 

 

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