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The next step beyond Passover.

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[Darris McNeely] A judge once said, "I don't know the definition of pornography, but I know it when I see it." Interesting statement. Do you know sin? Do you know what sin is, the definition of sin? And more than that, do you know it when you see it? The Bible describes sin very simply as the transgression of God's law (1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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). And certainly that encompasses a number of topics and behaviors and patterns of life. But God gives us something as a tangible symbol of sin and it's part of the Holy Days and His festivals every year. It's called leavening. God gives us the festival of Unleavened Bread—the Days of Unleavened Bread. He tells us to eat only unleavened bread during this period of time and to put the leaven from our homes. Leaven in the scriptures is a type of sin and it's one of the most interesting symbols that we can find and understand from the scriptures as we observe this Holy Day.

[Steve Myers] It's a wonderful thing that God gives us an example. He gives us an object lesson during those days to remind us about our behavior and what sin is all about. And so during Unleavened Bread, we're supposed to get that leavening out because the leavening in the bread is what makes it rise.

[Darris McNeely] It puffs it up.

[Steve Myers] It puffs it up. It makes it big and it's like the sin in us. It is a thing that just ruins our character and puffs us up in a way that is unacceptable. And so God gave us that object lesson to get it out. And in fact as He gave that to us, it's a reminder every single day that we're to get sin out of our lives.

[Darris McNeely] In Exodus chapter 12 we find that that's where God initiated this Holy Day when the Israelites came out of Egypt (Exodus 12:14-20 Exodus 12:14-20 [14] And this day shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. [15] Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. [16] And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. [17] And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall you observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. [18] In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. [19] Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. [20] You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall you eat unleavened bread.
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). And He said, for seven days you will eat unleavened bread as a part of this festival unto Me. It's an interesting matter. Egypt in scripture is also a type of sin. Leaven is a type of sin. Christ talked about the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees and their false doctrine (Matthew 16:5-12 Matthew 16:5-12 [5] And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. [6] Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. [7] And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. [8] Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread? [9] Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up? [10] Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up? [11] How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? [12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
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). And he said to avoid that. So, leaven is a type of sin that can puff one up with pride, with vanity—any other antagonism toward God, anything that is contrary to God's way of life. And for this seven day festival, God says, eat the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

[Steve Myers] That's right. In 1 Corinthians chapter 5, the Apostle Paul was instructing God's people—you and I, as well as those in Corinth of the day—by saying, "Let us keep this feast," Days of Unleavened Bread. And he says, "Not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 [6] Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? [7] Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: [8] Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
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). And so we're to root out sin every day as we're eating of what's right—eating sincerity and truth, putting Jesus Christ in us more fully. We root out the sin and avoid that. And that should remind us to do that throughout our entire life.

[Darris McNeely] A flat piece of bread, not puffed up with yeast or any other leavening agent that causes it to rise. That's the type of bread God uses to teach us a lesson to put sin from our life and to, in a sense, flatten ourselves in relation to Him and learn humility and service and other qualities and characteristics that represent Jesus Christ and the life that He should be living through us. That's what unleavened bread is all about. That is a symbol of sin that helps us to understand something very important in God's plan.

[Steve Myers] So as he said, let's recognize it and let's root it out and put in what's right.

[Darris McNeely] That's BT Daily. Join us next time.

Comments

  • Leelozano715
    I have been in God's church since 2009 the year that I was baptized. I am confused about the DOUB, I heard in a bible study where it was said that we are not required to eat unleavened bread every day but some of it as long as we don't eat anything with leaven in it during the Holy Days and we deleavened our homes. I have been keeping this Holy Day since 2009 eating UB each day, every day through the entire festival. Does UCG keep this day the same way? the only bible translation that I found that points to eating "some" unleavened bread is the NLT, the rest of the translations say it the way I understand this is including Spanish translations. Please explain, Thank you
  • david from tx
    Hello Leonor. In 1 Cor. 5:8 Paul states that we are to eat unleavened bread during the Feast. The individual behind the Bible study may be mistaken (we are still human after all) or a misunderstanding perhaps. I would advise to consume unleavened bread throughout the DoUB. I hope this helps and may God bless you.
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