Easton Illustrated Bible Dictionary
The use of leaven was strictly forbidden in all offerings made to the Lord by fire (Leviticus 2:11 ; 7:12 ; 8:2 ; Numbers 6:15 ). Its secretly penetrating and diffusive power is referred to in 1 Corinthians 5:6 . In this respect it is used to illustrate the growth of the kingdom of heaven both in the individual heart and in the world (Matthew 13:33 ). It is a figure also of corruptness and of perverseness of heart and life (Matthew 16:6,11 ; Mark 8:15 ; 1 Corinthians 5:7,8 ).
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