The Passover symbolized the freedom God wanted to give His people… but that feast was followed by six more days that focused on the fact that God’s freedom required His people to REMOVE things from their lives and their homes.
During The Feast of Unleavened Bread – God’s people were instructed not only not to eat leavened bread during that week. But they were not to allow ANYTHING that had ANY yeast in it in their homes. Anyone, who ate anything that contained yeast during that week, was to be cut off from their people. Yeast here was used by God to symbolize the power of sin.
When Jesus warned his disciples against becoming like the Pharisees, He told them “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:1
When the Church at Corinth had a man in their congregation who was engaged in sexual immorality, Paul wrote that they should not associate with the man until he repented… They were not even to eat with the man. He said, if they insisted on “looking the other way”, that man’s sin would taint the rest of them: “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?” 1 Corinthians 5:6 All, it takes, is a mere opening of the door for sin to enter your home, and it will affect the lives of everyone you love.
Like spring cleaning out homes, when we realize we have to “clean house” and get rid of all that clutter and trash that have accumulated throughout the year. The feast of Unleavened Bread is a reminder to clean things from our lives.
What junk have you kept in your life that is causing you to sin?