“A little leaven ferments the entire lump.” ~ Galatians 5:9
Leaven refers to the yeast (or fungi) that is used in baking bread. It is that small portion of yeast used to ferment the dough throughout causing it to swell and rise and become light before it is baked. Leaven produces a gas that lightens the dough or batter and changes the whole texture and composition of the dough. It is so potent that it only takes a little to ferment a lot of dough and make a whole lot of bread.
In our scripture text, leaven is used as a figure of speech to describe moral and spiritual sin that causes corruption in the virtue of our sanctified souls.
Another way to put it is to say that a little sin corrupts the soul and it corrupts it through and through – fermenting it and changing its character, attitude…
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