A Believer’s experience should be one in which they are emulating our Savior’s every step. My prayer is that as you journey through these writings you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated to follow our Lord Yeshua. Our Abba Father loves and cares for us so much! He wants us to always feel His constant presence; He loves us, knows us and wants the best for us beyond our finite imagination. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you”
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Are we, Believers, all that we are called to be?
ARE WE, BELIEVERS,
“Your glorying is not
good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven so that
you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened. For indeed CHRIST our PASSOVER was sacrificed
for us. Therefore let us keep the feast;
not with old leaven nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” I
Cor. 5:6-8 NKJV
Leaven – usually yeast or
baking powder, is used to produce fermentation, especially in bread dough. As leaven sours the dough, tiny gas bubbles
are produced which causes the dough to rise.
Leaven is found not only in breads and rolls but in drinks that have
barley or grain content.Unleavened is food consisting
of no yeast.
When the Israelites fled
from Egypt, they did so in haste in response to GOD’s command. They were told to make bread without leaven
because there was no time for the dough to rise. GOD commanded Moses to tell the children of
Israel to remember this time when they fled by commemorating the Feast of
Unleavened Bread by eating Unleavened Bread for seven days. On the first day of this Feast, they are to
remove all leaven from their homes. This
is usually done the day before Passover.
Exodus 12:15 No leaven shall be seen among you in all
your territory for seven days. Deuteronomy
16:4. It is not enough to simply refrain from eating leaven, or
touching leaven or even from looking at leaven by storing it away in a hidden
place. All leaven must be purged
out. It was unlawful NOT to follow this
households begin the painstaking preparation weeks before Passover. Walls are washed and painted, cooking
utensils are scalded, clothing is washed with pockets turned inside out,
carpets are cleaned, vacuum bags are discarded.
Special china is brought out for the feast.Sin is often pictured as
leaven in Scripture (Matt. 16:6, Mark
8:15, Luke 12:1, Galatians 5:9). This is so because leaven rapidly
permeates the dough, contaminating it, souring it, fermenting it and swelling
it to many times its original size without changing its weight.
The prophetic meaning of
the Feast of Unleavened Bread is found in the work of the Messiah. It pictures the burial of the Messiah. HE was buried with the rich in Joseph of
Arimathaea’s tomb (Matt. 27:57-60). He was honored in this manner because He was
a pure, sinless (without leaven) sacrifice.
HE died not for HIS own transgressions, but for ours. HIS body did not turn to dust (Psalm 16:10). HE was NOT under the curse to return to
dust. HE was a pure and sinless
sacrifice. HE came forth from the grave
on the third day after HE took our sins to the grave and buried them there. HE fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread in
that HE was a pure (without leaven) sacrifice.We have been told in I Cor. 5:7-8to “purge out the old
leaven so that you may be a new lump since you are truly unleavened. For Indeed Christ, our Passover, was
sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep
the feast not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice or wickedness
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” By faith believers have accepted the
sacrifice of the Passover Lamb. We have
been delivered by the true Passover Lamb.
We are now living in the Feast of the Unleavened Bread where purity and
separation from leaven are required.
Believers need to not only get rid of the large conspicuous loaves on
the table and leave the little pieces of leaven scattered on the floor. Those little pieces will contaminate
everything else (I Cor. 5:6). That’s the reason why the Jewish families, in
ancient Israel, when preparing for the feast made certain that the corners were
also swept clean of any leaven that may be hidden, even under the stove. HE commanded them to purge it out, all of
In GOD’s sight, believers
are now unleavened (justified and pure) and are called to lives of
holiness. Why keep living as if we’re
not? As believers, we need to thoroughly
purge our lives. It is time that we take
the candle of GOD’s Word and search every corner of our being. The task is not done until all the leaven is
purged. Ask the Holy Spirit to show us
the little specks that we may not see.
Why, because CHRIST, our Passover was sacrificed for us? I Cor. 5:7Create in me a clean
heart, O GOD and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10. HIS command is Be holy,
for I am HOLY. I Peter 1:16