In one of the groups of which I am a member, someone remarked, “The Israelites only had one day to remove leaven…”
For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12: 15
The discussion was about preparing for the Days, or Feast of Unleavened Bread, and that was the context in the quoted verse.
Many of us keep these feasts, and the discussion was on how little time the ancient Israelites had to prepare. (And unspoken, but in all our minds was how long it took us.)
One of the many things I discovered when researching my Apostle John series of books, was that ‘daily bread’ really was DAILY bread. It was made daily for the needs of that day. (Puts an accurate ‘take’ on ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ Matt 6: 11, and Luke 11: 3 – ‘the Lord’s prayer’)
I have cupboards, a fridge, and a freezer to consider when removing leaven from the home. There are also a lot more products containing leaven than our forebears would have encountered.
One of the things I used to wonder about was – ‘if they put out all the yeast (leaven) how did they get it back again?’ I then heard that ‘wild’ yeast is a naturally occurring substance that lives everywhere. (Like sin.) But when deciding to put this blog together, I wanted to be sure I understood. My life is vastly different from those ancient people. I am far removed from my forebears. I de-leaven, and at the end of the Days of Unleavened Bread I can go buy a loaf of bread, or packet of yeast, and make my own.
The people being talked to in Exodus 12 didn’t have that. When they rid the camp of leaven, there were no supermarkets or corner stores to visit when the Feast of Unleavened Bread was over.
I did some research… and yes, it is true. Leave flour and water in a container, and it will start to bubble… but it needs to be continually fed. Therefore, in my quest to check facts for this blog, I also found some profound spiritual truths. If we don’t stay in touch with God, the natural course of things will bubble up and sin will soon take over.
Daily bread really is daily. And even when we don’t have bread with yeast, we still have the spiritual bread of our prayers.
Just some ponderings