Exodus 12:34, 37-39
Exodus 12:15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.
Yesterday we started our exit of Egypt. What is a road trip without meals? Once again God shows His providence by directing them in a specific way with a picture for living.
Bread is a basic food staple in every culture. It comes in as many varying forms and shapes as the countries it comes from. The Israelites were used to full, fluffy bread. God had told Moses how the people were to prepare for this portion of the trip through His instructions regarding the Passover meal. The bread was to be made without yeast. Because of the urgency of the move it made sense to them that they couldn’t wait for the bread to rise. But there was more planning on God’s part than just for this trip.
This special bread was to be an annual reminder of God’s providence and their exit from the bondage they had endured for 430 years. But God knew something that the Israelites wouldn’t know for many generations, that Jesus would institute another reminder using this same ceremony. Jesus had told His disciples that He was the bread of life (John 6:35) and during His last Passover He took the bread that would have been made without yeast and told His disciples that it represented His body.
The Apostle Paul brought this concept of unleavened bread full circle when he told the Corinthians that sin is like leaven, even the slightest amount, affects the whole. Jesus lived a life free from sin. Paul was trying to help the believers in Corinth, and us, see how a little bit of sin in our lives affects our whole life. We aren’t to be like the world, we are to be like Christ. “Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8) The festival mentioned here is the same one the Israelites were celebrating for the first time in our passage.
God was preparing His people to be set apart. He was going to take them into the wilderness to worship Him. He had plans for them just as He has plans for us to remain pure from the sins of the world. He commands us to keep from being polluted with sin. He will free us from the bondage of sin just as He freed His people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.
Making It Personal
Where is the yeast of sin most evident in your life? What steps do you need to take to be free from the bondage of sin? Have you asked God to help free you from this sin?
Making It Personal Kids
What is sin? Does Jesus like sin? Should we sin?
Father, we are sorry for letting sin poison our lives. Please convict us of the sin in our lives so that we can be freed through Your strength of the bondage of sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.