LESSON LEARNED

Tuesday (4/2/13) was the last day of the Feast’s of Unleavened Bread. I would like to share what I learned from keeping this holiday.

This is the first time I went into this holiday planning on keeping it. While I knew of this holiday in the past, I saw it as a “Jewish” thing and really didn’t take it serious. YHWH showed me, just in time, the symbolism of leaven, thus I wanted to keep this holiday as a symbol of what He desires from His people.

We read in scripture that leaven symbolizes sin (Matt 16:6, 12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1; 1 Cor 5:6-8), so I went into this looking at leaven as sin: I was looking at how I treated it. For the better part, I did a pretty good job; but, that’s comparing my actions against my past (2 Cor 10:12). I like to compare with what God looks at.

I made some errors because there was leaven in things I never would have dreamed of, and didn’t even look. I cooked an organic TV dinner and ate it: I never looked. A couple days later, I cooked one at the house. While I was cooking it, my wife looks at the ingredients and says there yeast in it. The first time I “sinned”, it was out of ignorance: YHWH has Grace for a “sin” we don’t know of. Even though I knew the meal had yeast in it the second time, I still ate it: I did not want to throw it out. This is a rebellion, and for rebellion, there is no Grace given; not until we repent of that rebellion and stop doing the “sin”. Sometimes we mess up, we error if we look at it and say, “Might as well go all the way now, already messed up anyway”. This is not a good position. Once we understand the “sin” is there, we need to stop. I actually made this mistake twice. There is a really good example in the Holy Scriptures about sin by ignorance vs sin by rebellion, but for the sake of time, I’ll save that story for a near future writing.

I was in my truck and found a loaf of bread in a cubby. I didn’t investigate to see if it was bad, I just grabbed it and threw it away. This is the way we need to treat sin. We do not need to examine the sin, try to reason the sin, try to justify the sin, we need to just get rid of the sin (1 Jn 2:1; 5:18; 1 Cor 15:34; Acts 3:26; Titus 2:14; Rom 6:3-6, 12-13; Jn 3:36; Heb 5:9).

I heard of a person who ate some item with yeast in it. Their excuse was, “There can’t be much in there”. I believe this is the main issue in the church today, it’s only a little sin (Matt 13:33; 1 Cor 5:6-8; Matt 5:21-22, 27-28, 37). Yet we are warned not to be lukewarm (Rev 3:15-17): we are to remove the sin from our lives.

The Jew’s often give their leaven to a gentile friend, or sell it to them for a dollar, only to buy / get it back after the holiday. This would equal a repentance, but then turning back to the sin (Prov 26:11; 2 Peter 2:22; Luke 9:26). We should be willing to drop it, and leave it.

When I look at how I treated the yeast, and look at my life, I found a parallel. The way I treated the yeast is the way I treat sin in my life. It showed me what I needed to correct. My desire is to please my Adonai, and draw closer to Him (James 4:8). When I look at the way my wife treated the yeast, even though she knew it was in the food, as she found it, she ate it because I ate it. I see this as relative in her life, in the way she handled sin. When we were in the world, she would do something that was wrong, just because I wanted to do it. She is a strong woman, and when she points out sin, she needs to stand no matter what anyone else does. I’m sure the person who saw the yeast as just a little bit has an issue with looking at “little white lies” and the such. It’s up to them to examine their life and make corrections where it be; but, I wanted to point out these examples as it is very evident on the reasoning of why YHWH wanted us to keep this forever (Ex 12:14).

The way we deal with sin starts with our attitude about sin (Matt 15:19-20). There are some who, while knowing this holiday was happening and the symbolism it provides, absolutely refuse to follow the day: they refused to remove the leaven. Next to the little sin issue, this is the next big problem in professing christians today: they refuse to remove the sin from their lives and they don’t want to make any moves towards a better learning and closer walk with God. The unpardonable sin, is the sin one refuses to let go of.

There were some tasty foods that I ate, using unleavened bread. I made a really good pizza, which was only around 600 calories for a 10 inch square. I used it with cheese dip and it was just as good, if not better, than crackers I usually use. I spread peanut butter on it, just as tasty. Fact is, I may use unleavened bread more often. We often think that life just will not be as fulfilling unless there’s a little sin in it. After all, sin is fun right? Not really, a few moments of pleasure can bring hours of guilt; at the very least. I can have just as much fun without sin, as I THOUGHT I was having with sin. I just changed my priorities and learned some new delicacies in life. When you receive the new heart from Elohim, the new rational thought He gives, and you have that desire to walk after the example Y’shua gave, you find that sin no longer taste good.

I’m not sure if any other readers did this, but maybe you may think about doing it next year. I learned a great bit from it and didn’t miss the yeast a bit.
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