Parables: A Little Leaven
1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? (ASV)In the old days, when people made bread, they included an ingredient called leaven. Leaven is a yeast that makes bread rise. It creates air pockets in the dough, which end up being the tiny holes of air in finished bread. Have you ever had bread that had air pockets in one end of the loaf, and none in the other? No. Bread that has these air pockets has them evenly distributed throughout the bread. That's because when you put leaven in dough, it affects the whole loaf.
Jesus compares this to our lives. You can't include a little sin in your life without affecting your whole soul. He warned His disciples that they couldn't be a little bit hypocritical. Any hypocrisy (not practicing what they preached) would make then unreliable and sinful. In 1 Corinthians, Paul says that the church had to rid itself of unrepentant sinners, because the sin would spread and affect the whole church.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one [point], he is become guilty of all. (ASV)Sin is breaking God's law. If you break one law, you are a sinner. You don't have to break them all. It's just like the law of the land. If you steal - you are a criminal. You don't have to be a murdered to be guilty of breaking the law. As long as you broke one law, you are a criminal.
We can't accept some sin in our life and expect God to overlook it. We can't allow "white lies" because we think they do no harm. God said that lying is a sin. We must be truthful in all things.
Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in a very little is unrighteous also in much.A little sin will spread until it takes over our lives. If we lie about little things, we will lie about important ones. We must always try to do what's right.
Sing: Be careful little eyes
Activity: Bring a glass of water and some food coloring. Have them watch as the coloring swirls to change all the water to color. Describe how sins swirls into our lives until it colors everything we do.
Worksheet: Hand-out on leaven.
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