This Is Appendix
38 From The Companion Bible.
Its first occurrences in Exodus 12:15
significantly marks it as something to be "put away."
There is no dispute as to the meaning of the word, which is sour or
fermenting dough. The difference lies in its interpretation. This can be
gathered only from its usage by the Holy Spirit.
It is used of its work in permeating the whole of that with
which it is mixed (Matthew 13:33.
It is used of the bread which is made from the meal so
permeated (Exodus 12:15,19,20,34,39;
It is used in connection with sacrifices, as never to be offered
to God with any offering made by fire (Levitcus 2:11;
It is used by Metaphor (see
Appendix 6) for doctrine (Matthew 16:12.
It is used of the effects of evildoers (1Corinthians
In Levitcus 23:17
it is used in that which symbolizes mankind, and in a proper sense of being
corrupted. The sin-offering associated with the leaven in the two wave-loaves
corresponds with this.
In Amos 4:4,5
it is either the language or Figure of Irony (see
Appendix 6 ); or, it shows that the "thanksgiving with leaven"
is symbolical of the sin which is ever present even in the worshippers of God.
Thus in every instance it is associated with, and symbolical
of, only that which is evil.