Words of Current Interest

The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY designated to be read in
Christian Science churches on January 11, 1970.

Leaven (I Cor. 5:8)

Leaven was used in the Bible in more than one sense. Literally, it is employed to produce fermentation in dough to make it rise; but since, as The Westminster Dictionary of the Bible observes, "fermentation is incipient corruption," yeast or leaven was often used as symbolizing corruption (see Matt. 16:11, 12). Note the contrast drawn in this present verse between "the leaven of malice and wickedness" and the "unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." The active qualities of leaven are praised in Matthew 13:33, where God's kingdom, with its constant activity and growth, is compared to leaven.

Signs of the Times
January 3, 1970

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