While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron:…”This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel…Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation.”
Exodus 12:1, 14-15, 17 NLT
Welcome to Part 3 of our 7-part series based on the sermon by Bishop Bob Alonge that outlines 7 important things to note about the Passover. In the first article of this series, the significance of the Passover was highlighted firstly as being beneficial to both God and man. In the second article, we explored the fact that God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year, passing on the memory of what God for them in Egypt – liberation from slavery and oppression. We too, when taking the communion and in other Christian practices, must remember that Jesus Christ through His Death and Resurrection gave us forgiveness and freedom from sin, disease, Hell & so much more!
The third thing to note is that the Passover bread was made without leaven, which is an ingredient that causes a lump of dough to rise and sometimes even ferment (basically it’s yeast). God didn’t ask them to only eat Unleavened bread because He hates something He created but to symbolise His Holiness in a special way. God uses leaven as a metaphor for sin and what it does to humanity. Sin has corrupted humanity in so many ways, we experience the consequences of sin in our everyday lives. Racism, massacres, adultery, envy, bad governance, etc are all results of the leaven of sin in humanity since its first introduction by Adam & Eve.
Now when Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned…But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:12, 15 NLT
On the other hand, there is salt; salt is one of God’s metaphors for everything He desires humanity to have. Salt symbolises incorruptibility, usefulness and Holiness. That is why we who believe in Christ are called to be the Salt of the Earth. As we embrace the righteousness we have in Christ Jesus, we must let go of the leaven of sin that our minds and bodies are used to, and pursue God’s Holiness. We are not capable of this on our own, but through the working of the Holy Spirit in us, both to will and to do, according to His good pleasure.
Remember, as mentioned in the second article, the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb was once and for all. We are not made righteous by our efforts but by the precious blood of Jesus Christ that He shed willingly for us. We are called to be salt because that is who we become when we receive the life of Jesus into our hearts. Salt must always have taste, our ability to influence the world with God’s Kingdom of Love is only evidence that we are sons and daughters of the Most High God.
- Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, open up your heart to receive by faith His saving Grace in any aspect of your life you really need to experience it in. If you feel led, take the communion.
- Ask God to show you any leaven of sin that may be affecting your life right now, and receive His Grace to overcome it.
- Ask God to show you ways you can be salt on earth for His Kingdom; Receive His help to fulfil the instructions He gives you.
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