In the Bible, leaven is used symbolically of sin.
A small amount of leaven or yeast spreads throughout the whole dough, causing it to puff up. (1Cor. 5:6)
The Bible is stating that it does not take a big sin or a lot of sin to corrupt us. When we allow even a small amount of sin in our lives, it has the ability to spread. We deceive ourselves into believing that a little sin is acceptable and we are in control.
Satan then has us right where he wants us; deceived. The moment we feel we are in control, sin can easily take control over us.
The truth is sin separates us from God. It causes us to become “puffed up” in pride just like the dough is puffed up with yeast.
Not only can a little sin contaminate our lives, but it will also affect those around us. Our sin has a way of contaminating our families, relationships and defiling our churches.
Ezekiel 18:2 says, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” That ‘little’ sin you are hiding may destroy the lives of your children, relationships, and will bring spiritual death between you and God.
That sin you are hiding could also, hold back the growth of your church. If each person attending church has a little sin hidden in their heart, how much sin is that corporately? Could it be enough to stop the move of God due to defilement in His presence? Is it possible that a little sin could move us from the Holy of holies into the outer----outer court?
Here’s the good news; God always gives us an opportunity to repent. He gave Jezebel an opportunity to repent, but she refused, she was unwilling to repent.
And so the judgment must come. The impact of that judgment is given in vs 23; “Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.” Rev. 2:23 b
The result of judgment and discipline within the church is that the church is purified, strengthened and renewed.
Churches will soon come to understand that our Lord says that He searches the hearts and minds. Hearts are viewed as the source of choices, the decisions we make, our will in motion.
When we see Him acting in judgment, we will realize that our feelings and choices were important, and that each one of us will be held accountable for our choices. No one else can be blamed for the decisions……the choices that we have made.