And the LORD spoke to Moses,
Go to Pharaoh and say to him,
Thus says the LORD:
Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You alone are mighty to save. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are tempted to give into sin. Help us to search out and examine our ways. Enable us to lift up our hearts and hands to You, O God in heaven. Guide us and turn us back to You, so that we will serve You without distraction. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen!
This week, in The Passover — The Beginning of Preparations, I mentioned that in many of the Jewish homes there is a major cleaning process going on at the moment. They are preparing for Passover, the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. (You will find a link within that post that will lead you to a webpage explaining the cleaning process)
Exodus 12:15-20 talks about the seven days of eating unleavened bread. It explains that, on the first day, the leaven shall be removed from the houses. Verses 17 and 19 reveal the reasons why the Jews were to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.
19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land.
In the fifth chapter of 1. Corinthians the Christians are also told to put out the old leaven and to keep the feast. Let’s read the two verses:
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.
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 5:7-8
The Old vs the New
In Exodus 12 the unleavened bread tells the Israelites that, by the Passover, they are freed from Egypt. They are no longer dominated by the Egyptians. 1. Corinthians 5:7 reminds us that Christ was sacrificed for us to make us free from the bondage of sin and death.
In Exodus 12 the Passover was first and then continually observed at the beginning of each new year (Nisan). With Christ being our Passover, Christians will constantly celebrate this feast.
Are you in Christ?
In Christ we are a new creation. Old things have passed away, and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17) The old has to go to make room for the new.
Even the best, newest, and most beautiful furniture coming into the house will not change our homes for good if the old, broken one is still around and in the way. The clutter in the way will hinder the power of beauty of the new!
Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the LORD;
Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.
What, that is (still) in our lives, is hindering us to freely worship the LORD Jesus?
Turn back to the LORD and serve Him without distraction.