Years ago, my youth pastor used to lead us on “squeegee hunts.” He knew how to get us involved in the storyline. He began with a: slap, clap, slap, clap. We recognized the familiar beginning and immediately joined in for our favorite game. "Goin’ on a squeegee hunt," he said, and we echoed each line. “I'm not afraid...got my gun...got my flashlight...” On it went through the woods, the swamp, the grass. Then the big surprise when we found the squeegee and made a run for it back through each obstacle till we found our way home. It always ended in shrieks and laughter. There's just something exciting about a hunt, even when you know it's an imaginary one.
In His teaching, Jesus used yeast as a symbol for sin and false teaching. He wanted His followers to guard against these things and stop them from spreading. It only takes a little to infect an entire community. Just like the old commercial said, "a little dab’ll do ya.”
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” [His disciples] understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6 and 12).
Apostle Paul used this same analogy to warn the church in Corinth, “Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Self-help reading can be one dangerous area. I have one book that's been very helpful to me in the issues we face with loved ones involved in drug abuse. But I have to be careful. Every once in a while the author presents an idea that's unbiblical. It sounds solid at first, until I compare it to the Word of God. Then I realize the author has veered from truth into psycho-babble. Those dust bunnies must be cleared from my “house” before they hop into my heart and begin to multiply.
Are you ready for an expedition? Are there bunnies in your house that Jesus wants to sweep away? You may not end in gales of laughter, but you will certainly be better for it.
Lint Removed: Yeast-like Bunnies
Cleaning Process: Making a Clean Sweep