Monday, May 9, 2011

Hidden Sins Part II

“You can't whitewash your sins and get by with it;
   you find mercy by admitting and leaving them”.    Prov.  28:13  Message Bible

Jesus warns His disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”   He explains to them “that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees”.  (Matt. 16:6-12)
The OT and NT both use leaven as a symbol of sin because of what it does to bread dough.  Once yeast enters the dough, it immediately begins to spread by breaking down in reaction to the dough’s sugars and produces a gas that puffs the bread up.
Like leaven, when sin enters a person’s life, it begins to corrupt and puff them up with vanity.  A person enslaved by habitual sin will have a difficult time growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus because of sin’s corrupting influences.  Sin defiles and can permanently destroy our relationship with God and each other.

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