Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:
Continuing on with the issues of yeast; have you ever cut into a loaf of bread only to find a gaping cavity where the yeast has cause an area void of bread? It is not seen from the outside but there is any emptiness inside. Sin creates an emptiness within us. Many of us who have come to Christ felt that emptiness and longed for something of substance to fill the void. God did that.
Exodus 35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
That nature of sin can work itself in a Christian if sin isn’t dealt with in our lives. It is one of the forms of chastening, one that indicates we have gone too long without repentance and confession. That emptiness does not appear suddenly like a bloating, but rises slowly like yeast. Lacking any outward signs, a thorough inner examination is warranted.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Deuteronomy 27:28 The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
The first sign of a yeast infection is the itch. Need I tell you the first sign of sin is the itch? It is hard to resist an itch but scratching the itch only makes things worse. But we do it don’t we? We instinctively scratch the itch, knowing good and well from experience that it feels good for the moment and leads to a serious infection.
The itch is not sin. It is the sign of the presence of sin and action needs to be taken to avoid an infection. It is the good conscience that warns us and we need to take heed and take action. Do not scratch, medicate.
Jeremiah 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
Exodus 30:25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.
In New Testament terms, take to your prayer closet and ask for mercy and grace. You will be tempted to scratch that itch, but the Lord will not allow you to be tempted above that which you can endure.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.