I write these posts so that we all can learn as we think about God’s word. If you disagree and comment on what you do not understand, the same way as I do, then we both learn. I must consider your view and I must think a bit more about what I understand. Perhaps you are right and I am wrong, or perhaps we both are right, from our point of view. It is possible for both to be right and yet disagree. Sometimes we are only placing a different definition on some key word.

I wrote a post on tithing (It is not even possible to tithe!) and soapyjames challenged some of my conclusions. That forced me to re-examine my understanding and God added to my comprehension of the symbolism of yeast as used in Scripture. Because we are both genuine in our desire to understand God’s word, I think soapyjames also gained understanding.

Yeast is always used as a symbol of sin in Scripture. Almost all of the Old Testament offerings to God were to be void of any yeast. They all were symbolic of Jesus. He is the bread of life and that bread is without sin and usually covered in oil, which I think is symbolic of understanding or faith: the two are, at least for me, very closely related.

The fellowship offering is the only one where yeast is allowed and it was to be presented along with cakes of bread made without yeast and mixed with oil, wafers made without yeast and spread with oil, and cakes of fine flour well-kneaded and mixed with oil. That was a symbol of Jesus (bread of life with no sin/yeast). The cakes of bread made with yeast, which were to be presented along with the bread without yeast, I believe, symbolized the church: you and me that have sinned (and still do).

There is another offering described in Leviticus 23 that also required yeast in the bread and along with the bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams were to be sacrificed as a burnt offering to the LORD. It is called the offering of new grain and the symbolism is the same as the fellowship offering.

Then there is Communion where the bread is to be without yeast, which represents Jesus. The emblem of the blood of Jesus is to be wine. In fully fermented wine all of the yeast is destroyed and that is why God chose wine to represent the blood of Jesus. The Blood of Jesus destroyed the power of sin and that is what the wine represents.

Because soapyjames caused me to dwell on yeast God has granted me the answer to a question that has puzzled me sense I first read it. (John 19:29&30 NIV) A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

No one drinks vinegar to quench their thirst. It was a cruel thing to do, to offer vinegar instead of water, but that is consistent with the crucifixion of Jesus.

In order to make wine the air must be kept from the juice. If air is allowed to contact the juice, vinegar is produced instead of wine. The result is that the product is spoiled or undrinkable. The spirit that is at work in those who are disobedient is the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Eph 2:2 NIV). Jesus kept the air away and he made wine, but the world did not and we make vinegar. The symbolism of Jesus drinking vinegar is that he took our sin.

Study yeast in the Bible and you will see that Jesus predicted the condition of the church today.

Mat 13:33 (NIV) He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Luke 13:20&21 (NIV) Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”


  1. soapyjames says:


    It’s been a while. I moved house. This is a very good explanation indeed. I do gain understanding from our discussions and thankful you have the patience to answer my questions. It all makes sense now. Thankyou for posting this.

    Pretty sure I owe you a reply somewhere.

  2. Josette Robles says:

    Awesome Job Brother! God Bless 🙂

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  5. Could you write more about yeast, or is that the extent of yeast? Why have unleavened bread?

  6. Is there more you could write about concerning yeast? What is a big wine holder called? VAT, and this is the acrostic for Visceral Adipose Tissue.

  7. astudent says:

    Charlotte Fairchild,

    Word Origin & History
    early 13c., southern variant (see V) of O.E. fæt “container, vat,” from P.Gmc. *fatan (cf. O.S., O.N. fat, O.Fris. fet, M.Du., Du. vat, O.H.G. faz, Ger. faß).
    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

    We can make an acrostic from VAT to say most anything. Sometimes I am rather slow and this is one of those times. I don’t understand what you mean!

    We use unleavened bread to represent the body of Christ, because he had no sin.

    There is one time that an offering, in the Old Testament, where bread with yeast was part of the ritual. That was the fellowship offering of thanksgiving (Lev 7:11-21). That bread represented the person that gives the fellowship offering, because that person has sin in their body.

    Understanding that yeast represents sin can help make Scripture a little more clear: sometimes.

  8. Deb Lee says:

    thank you for your insight. your explanation has given me food for thought and a clearer understand. i hope you continue sharing as i enjoy reading your posts. they are, indeed, helpful to me.

  9. astudent says:

    Deb Lee,

    Thanks for saying that my posts are helpful to you.

    Please, only consider what I say as a question and not an answer. I assume that you have been baptized and therefore you do not need anyone to teach you (1John 2:27).

    Having said that, I wonder how anyone could not talk, write, and think about such a wonderful God.

    I have not stopped writing posts. God has not stopped giving me more understanding, I have just slowed down. Perhaps I am becoming lazy. Or perhaps lazier.

  10. Germany says:

    That was both intriguing in addition as insightful!

    Thank you for sharing your views with us.

  11. astudent says:


    That is funny! I have never had a whole country thank me for sharing my views!

    Well, that is the way it reads.

    One finds what one looks for and I am always looking for humor.

    However, seriously, you are welcome.

  12. rahulusfbcm says:

    Wow thank you so much for this! #MindBlown

  13. astudent says:


    You are welcome. The pleasure was all mine.

  14. Jon says:

    I’m not convinced that yeast is of necessity bad. The two O.T. sacrifices are commanded by God, and Christ’s parables surely just illustrate the pervasiveness of the Church, rather than suggest that it will inevitably be compromised.
    Great men disagree, and of course you may be right, but I just wanted to fly a flag for a different view. With respect. And without yeast.

  15. astudent says:


    Well, I do not claim to be a teacher and I cannot convince anyone of anything. Therefore, I am not disappointed because you have a different view.

    Of course, I agree with you when you say God commanded the two sacrifices. I have not found anywhere in Scripture that God commanded anything for no reason. So, I believe He commanded yeast to be used for a reason. Why do you think He commanded yeast to be used in these two sacrifices and yet forbid yeast in many other places? Why is the bread of Communion served without yeast?

    The Church has already been compromised. Look at the Catholic Church. They call a mere man Holy Father. I do not want to state all the ways that the Catholic Church has been compromised. I only chose it because it is the first Church established.

    I can show you many ways the branch of the Church that I attend has been compromised. They preach that we should give 10 percent of our income and call it Tithing, when that is not at all, what God called Tithing. They claim this country is a gift from God when it was formed in rebellion to Him. They have one preacher when Scripture says there should be three or more and everyone should say what God puts in their heart to say. They glorify men right in the House of God. I could go on probably for a long time, but if you truly believe it will not be compromised, I do not think you are looking for the clues.

    We do not want to think the Church will be, or is compromised, but it is. Look at Revelation where Jesus is talking to the Church of Laodicea (the last Church). That is the condition of the Church today. They do not study Scripture; they put their faith in the preacher and rely on him to do their homework, so they are lukewarm.

    I appreciate your comment, much more than your respect. I am only a man and deserve no respect. I know that you meant well, but proud men want respect. I only want truth and I am sure you were truthful as you stated your view. That is all I ask and I thank you for it.

  16. Tina says:

    i really enjoyed reading that. It makes sense to my carnal mind. It has prompted me to dig a bit deeper, which will draw me closer to my Lord. I am very grateful for the time you took to post it and may God Bless you with even more Wisdom and Knowledge so his kingdom can grow on earth Amen

  17. astudent says:


    Thanks for the kind words.

    I pray that God will give you and everyone else even more understanding than He has given me. That way God (not me) will grow us all.

    Actually, there is not much time left to grow His kingdom: in this age.

  18. Kevin Elzinga says:

    I find myself pondering what God would say about wine made with yeast. Most wine requires yeast to speed up fermentation. During communion, we might avoid the yeast by eating unleavened bread but then we receive yeast when we drink wine.

  19. astudent says:


    You have found the secret of learning. That is to ponder everything.

    As I ponder what God would say about wine being made with yeast, my first thought is God created fermentation and He designated wine as the symbol for the blood of Jesus. Therefore, it is right to use wine for Communion.

    As I ponder the symbols of Communion, I understand the bread should be without yeast to properly represent the body of Christ. Jesus came to earth in bodily form and without sin. Therefore, the bread, representing His body, should be without yeast.

    The yeast in the wine does indeed represent sin. Jesus took our sin upon Himself when He gave up His lifeblood for us (Life is in the blood Lev 17:11). So, the yeast is the symbol of our sin, not His sin.

    In fully fermented wine, all of the yeast is destroyed. So is all of our sin demolished in the blood of The Lamb. The wine represents both, His blood and our sin as one symbol.

  20. The reading about yeast was a big help to me and because , I’m a Sunday School teacher,I only want to teach what the spirit of God gives to me that ,I can relay to God people.Thank You for sharing. God Bless.

  21. astudent says:


    You are right to teach only what the Spirit of God gives you. Please consider what I write as the sayings of a man and search the Word of God for truth.

    As Christians the Spirit lives within us, to teach us all things! (John 14:26)

    We both like to share.

  22. Matthew Hull says:


    I might be a bit late to this, but I was just wondering what your view on Jesus using yeast to describe the kingdom of heaven was. In Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:21, Jesus’s apostles record this. Is Jesus redefining the symbol of yeast? Is yeast still representing evil?

    Just a curious Christian,


  23. astudent says:


    You are not late to ask my view. I might add that it is right to ask my view, rather than my answer. Only the Holy Spirit can answer, because only the Holy Spirit knows all of the answers.

    You are also right to be curious. You will do good to stay that way.

    My view or understanding of Mat 13:31-33 and Luke 13:18-21 is that Jesus is speaking about the Church; what would happen to it.

    In the Old Testament birds were usually unclean, but not all were unclean. Satan is the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Eph 2:2) and the air is the domain of birds. It seems to me that birds are symbolic of Satan and his angels (Luke 8:5 and the explanation 8:12) and when it is said that they perch in its branches it means that the church would be infiltrated with those who really do not believe, but they become leaders in the Church, because of the easy duty (easy if they do not really care) along with the money, and respect.

    And the second parable is like the first. Yeast, which is symbolic of sin would become mixed into and become worked all through the Church.

    It should be easy to see that this is a correct understanding of these two parables, because we can see that the Church truly has become corrupt.

    Jesus said not to pray in public, but man seems to know more than God and all Churches pray in public.

    It is even clearer when the Catholic Church is examined. Jesus said, (Mat 23:9 NIV) “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” The Catholic Church chooses a man to call ‘Most Holy Father’ and when God takes that man away; they just choose another to take his place!

    I could go on and on, but I think that you can see my understanding by now.

  24. Frida Maurimootoo says:

    Thank you for the insight. I am an avid reader of the bible and I also am passionate about researching meanings in between the lines. I thank the Holy Spirit that He gave you this understanding

  25. astudent says:

    Frida Maurimootoo,

    I do not believe there is anything more important, for a Christian, than to study the Bible. It is the very Word of God, given to everyone. The meanings are hidden from those that have not been baptized and therefore do not have the Holy Spirit. However, Christians are given the Holy Spirit to teach them all things (John 14:26). Listen to the Words of the Holy Spirit and He will give you understanding. It would please me if He gave you more understanding than He gives me.

    I thank God for the Holy Spirit and the understanding He gives us all. I also thank God for you, and those like you, that care enough to search out meanings in between the lines.

  26. Deborah Morris says:

    When anyone uses “I” it is only you and not what the Holy Spirit has given you. What any one person think does not matter. Truth rightly divided.

  27. astudent says:

    Deborah Morris,
    I received the Holy Spirit when I was baptized into the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    Now when I use the pronoun “I” it means also the Holy Spirit.
    This is not just what I think, but what Scripture states. (1Cor 6:19)
    I do not claim to be infallible and always able to understand, but I am trying.
    By the way, if you believe what you say, then because you are one person, what you say does not matter.
    Kind of funny isn’t it?

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