The Least and Beast of Yeast Quiz

That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.  Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.  Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it.  This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

  • Exodus 12:8-13

The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the Lord: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.  They were in charge of the bread set out on the table, the special flour for the grain offerings, the thin loaves made without yeast, the baking and the mixing, and all measurements of quantity and size.

  • 1 Chronicles 23:28-29

In Exodus 12, the first instructions for the initial Passover are given, including bread without yeast.  In 1 Chronicles 23, it talks about the responsibilities of the Levites, one of which being the maintenance of the grain offerings.

The word “Yeast” is mentioned in nine Old Testament books and in five New Testament books (NIV).  The word “Yeast” is mentioned 52 times.  In almost every case, yeast is preceded by the word “without” or “no.”  It seems that mankind loves the light, risen bread instead of the flat breads.  While God created yeast, having created all things, He seemed to prefer unleavened bread in anything ceremonial.  For the Passover, it represented the fact that the Israelites did not have time for the bread to rise, for they would be leaving soon.  In the New Testament, yeast has a more sinister meaning.

Thus, I was being cute in the title so that the words would rhyme, but there is meaning in the Least yeast, meaning none at all, and the beast yeast, meaning sin, arrogance, etc.  If I had entitled the quiz as “least and best,” I found no references to yeast that could be considered “best.”

No special instructions.  The quiz uses the standard format.

The Questions:

?QuestionBible Verse(s)Answer
1In the first reference to “yeast” in the Bible, who prepares the bread without yeast?  And a bonus, what event is about to happen?  (I know, mind-boggling obscure)  
2In the initial instructions for the Passover, repeated in Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, how many days must no yeast be found in the Israelite homes?  
3What type of offering is first mentioned to not contain yeast, but it can be thick or thin, and olive oil must be used?  
4What type of person who is set apart is given bread without yeast as part of the ceremony, mentioned first right after having their hair cut?  
5What happened to the bread offered to the angel of God when Gideon presented bread, meat, and broth?  
6After Saul saw Samuel, why did the witch prepare bread without yeast?  
7What is the significance of yeast in Jesus’ parable of the yeast?  
8What did Jesus mean when he warned his disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees?  
9Paul used the same parable of the yeast to warn the Corinthians against what?  
10Paul warned the Galatians, wanting to know who was the “yeast,” using the same parable of the yeast.  What was the issue there?  

This may not have been that easy of a quiz, but I hoped it got people thinking.  Anything that gets in our way of being closer to Jesus and more like Jesus can be yeast.  That flaw can, if we allow to do so, spread to other aspects of our lives.  It may not rob us of our salvation, but it robs us of our effectiveness in showing God’s love to others.

A little bit of yeast is like a little bit contaminated with hazardous waste.  A little bit makes the whole thing that way.  Thus, yeast can indeed become a beast.

Sin does that in our lives.  Unrepented sin especially does.

Bible References:

?QuestionBible Verse(s)Answer
1In the first reference to “yeast” in the Bible, who prepares the bread without yeast?  And a bonus, what event is about to happen?  (I know, mind-boggling obscure)Genesis 19 
2In the initial instructions for the Passover, repeated in Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, how many days must no yeast be found in the Israelite homes?Exodus 12:15 
3What type of offering is first mentioned to not contain yeast, but it can be thick or thin, and olive oil must be used?Leviticus 2:4 
4What type of person who is set apart is given bread without yeast as part of the ceremony, mentioned first right after having their hair cut?Numbers 6:15-19 
5What happened to the bread offered to the angel of God when Gideon presented bread, meat, and broth?Judges 6:17-22 
6After Saul saw Samuel, why did the witch prepare bread without yeast?1 Samuel 28:24 
7What is the significance of yeast in Jesus’ parable of the yeast?Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:21 
8What did Jesus mean when he warned his disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees?Luke 12:1 
9Paul used the same parable of the yeast to warn the Corinthians against what?1 Corinthians 5:6-7 
10Paul warned the Galatians, wanting to know who was the “yeast” using the same parable of the yeast.  What was the issue there?Galatians 5:1-9 

When I worked with Indian customers, I learned how they ate their food.  They get plenty of Naan, a flat bread.  They pinch off a little and then they twist the piece of bread over part of their meal.  The food then clings to the piece of bread, and they eat that piece, returning to the Naan to tear off some more.  Most of the breads in India are flat breads.  Paratha, Naan and Roti are the ones that I encountered the most often.  Poori, however, is a puffed bread that is deep fried.  I have only enjoyed it once.  Yet, it is made with unleavened wheat flour.

These days, wheat products disagree with my digestive system.  Yet, I do better when the white bread is unleavened.  So, maybe there is a physical reason for this use of unleavened breads in Levitical rules.

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The Answers:

?QuestionBible Verse(s)Answer
1In the first reference to “yeast” in the Bible, who prepares the bread without yeast?  And a bonus, what event is about to happen?  (I know, mind-boggling obscure)Genesis 19Lot, Bonus: Feeding the two angels before they destroy Sodom and Gomorrah
2In the initial instructions for the Passover, repeated in Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, how many days must no yeast be found in the Israelite homes?Exodus 12:15Seven days
3What type of offering is first mentioned to not contain yeast, but it can be thick or thin, and olive oil must be used?Leviticus 2:4Grain offering
4What type of person who is set apart is given bread without yeast as part of the ceremony, mentioned first right after having their hair cut?Numbers 6:15-19The Nazarite ceremony
5What happened to the bread offered to the angel of God when Gideon presented bread, meat, and broth?Judges 6:17-22The broth was poured out.  The bread and meat placed on a stone.  The angel touched the meat and bread with the tip of his staff and they were consumed by fire, and then the angel disappeared.
6After Saul saw Samuel, why did the witch prepare bread without yeast?1 Samuel 28:24After hearing that he and his sons would die the next day, Saul refused to eat, later convinced by his men to do so.
7What is the significance of yeast in Jesus’ parable of the yeast?Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:21A little yeast (anything impure) will spread throughout the entire batch od dough.
8What did Jesus mean when he warned his disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees?Luke 12:1Their hypocrisy
9Paul used the same parable of the yeast to warn the Corinthians against what?1 Corinthians 5:6-7Boasting
10Paul warned the Galatians, wanting to know who was the “yeast” using the same parable of the yeast.  What was the issue there?Galatians 5:1-9They had starting including circumcision, an issue that had already been discarded, and Paul worried that a small lack of “obedience” would eventually spoil the whole batch.

And regardless of how you did, here is a lesson on making unleavened bread by Annette Reeder, the Biblical Nutritionist, How to make Unleavened Bread from the Bible.  The video is almost nine minutes, but it is fascinating.  Maybe you’d like to try the recipe.

And a song by Michael W. Smith, Breathe.

Here is another song, this one sung by HeartOfPeace Worship, Break the Bread.

If you like these Saturday morning Bible quizzes, but you think you missed a few, you can use this LINK. I have set up a page off the home page for links to these Saturday morning posts. I will continue to modify the page as I add more.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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