The thoughtful reader of last week’s article will be tempted to raise the question, “If you are so concerned about getting it right with the wine, why do you fudge when it comes to the bread, using leavened bread?” In fact, I remember a visitor approaching me after communion one Sunday visibly upset because we used leaven bread. He never came back.
…there are times when God specifically calls for sacrifices of leaven
The concern over leavened bread stems from two faulty premises. The first is the common misconception that leaven is always used as a symbol for sin in the Bible. To be sure it often is (cf. 1 Cor. 5:6-8; Ex. 12:12-14). But there are times when God specifically calls for sacrifices of leaven (cf. Lev. 7:13; Amos 4:5). Furthermore, Jesus uses leaven positively … Read More »