PASSOVER: In what sense is the word leaven ζύμη used in Matthew 13:33?

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Matthew 13:33 (NASB)

[33]He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

In Matthew Christ likes the kingdom of heaven to leaven but leaven is consistently used as a picture of sin & corruption in the following verses

Matthew 16:6 (NASB)

[6]And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

1 Corinthians 5:5-7 (NASB)

[5]I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
[6]Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?
[7]Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

Exodus 12:8 (NASB)

[8]They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Exodus 34:25 (NASB)

[25]”You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread, nor is the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover to be left over until morning.

How can we understand leaven from the above texts

1 Comment

  • Street Preacherz
    Reply April 15, 2017

    Street Preacherz

    Sin has a life of its own. When it is conceived it brings forth death. How much more the gift of grace and righteousness brings forth life in the heart and soul and conversation of the believer in Jesus Christ. The Righteous. Am I to far off???

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