3 Bible Tips: The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Ancient Israel was told to remove leaven (basically things that make bread rise) and eat unleavened bread for a week. Paul taught what the Feast of Unleavened Bread meant for the New Testament Church.
1. The Feast of Unleavened Bread reminds us that sin (symbolized by leaven) spreads. Have you heard the saying, "One bad apple spoils the bunch?" Leaven (yeast) spreads like that in bread dough.
"Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?" (1 Corinthians 5:6).
2. We are to not only physically, but spiritually, remove leaven, sin, from our lives. Our repentance and change are made possible by Christ's sacrifice.
"Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7).
3. Eating unleavened bread pictures living a life of sincerity and truth, free from enslavement to sin.
"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" (1 Corinthians 5:8).
Note that the apostle Paul told the mostly gentile congregation at Corinth to continue keeping this feast. To learn more about the Feast of Unleavened Bread, see The Feast of Unleavened Bread: The Lesson of Leaving Sin from the booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind. (The booklet also lists the dates of the Holy Days.)