“‘No grain offering that you bring to Adonai is to be made with leaven, because you are not to cause any leaven or honey to go up in smoke as an offering made by fire to Adonai.”-Leviticus 2:11
Okay, l’d like to start off today’s post by saying that you’re going to have become comfortable with uncertainty when studying some of the Lord’s commands.
.The Lord will tell us WHAT we are to do but He will not always give us the WHY.
And we’re going to have to become comfortable with that.
Sure, it’s okay to speculate from time to time as to why the Lord gave us a certain command, but at the end of day even if you don’t have the answer or if what He is commanding just doesn’t make sense, will you still trust Him?
That’s what it comes down to folks.
Can you still trust and be obedient to God even when when what He asks of us doesn’t make sense?
For example, here in Leviticus we’re told that the Lord forbade leaven and honey to be used in any type of offering that is burnt up on the altar.
I’m about to say something that may seem to contradict what I’ve said earlier.
The usual assumption that leaven represents sin is not really supported in the Bible.
The idea that leaven represents sin is at best an educated guess that simply seems to have merit.
Leaven or yeast is one of those topics in which many pastors and preachers go hog wild concocting up a variety of theories as to what Leaven really represents.
The truth is the Bible simply does not give us a concrete explanation as to its significance.
Can you accept that?
This is interesting because the use of leaven is all over the place in the Scriptures.
Although leaven is forbidden to be used in any sacrifices that are to be burnt up, it was used for the 12 loaves of shewbread that are placed inside the Tabernacle.
It was also permitted to be used in regular cooking.
However, the only concrete statement given to us about leaven has to do with Passover.
The Scripture states that leaven is about remembering the day Israel had to rush to get out of Egypt.
Since they were in such a hurry they had no choice but to bring unleavened dough with them, because there was no time to allow any yeast to ferment and rise.
And that’s all the info we have about leaven.
Otherwise, the reason for its prohibition is a sheer mystery and we’re going to have to be comfortable with that.
Its prohibition is a GOD-ORDAINED COMMAND, it is not based on tradition.