As the Passover season approaches there is a great deal of activity in our homes as we carefully ensure that all leaven is removed. When we are preparing our kitchens we need to check ingredient lists meticulously since ‘yeast extract’ appears in many (and sometimes most unexpected) foods; seasonings, soups, sauces, biscuits, crackers and gravy granules, to mention just a few.
I thought of this today as I read a caution from the writings of Charles Spurgeon. “Beware of light thoughts of sin,” he counsels, and repeats, “Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin.” The Bible tells us that leaven speaks to us of sin and the apostle Paul urges us to “…keep the Feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness…” (1 Corinthians 5:8)
‘Old leaven’ speaks to us of sin which may be carried over from the time before we knew Yahshua, whilst ‘the leaven of malice and wickedness’ points to those things that creep into our hearts unexpectedly and lodge there uninvited. In the same way that the loaf of bread is a no-no at this Feast, carried over sin is readily exposed. But what about those things that creep up on us? May I suggest a good look at your heart as you prepare for the Feast? Ask Yahweh to put the searchlight of His Spirit into all the corners and see if there is any unexpected ‘yeast extract’ in hiding! Allow the Holy Spirit to check you out for any light thoughts you may have about sin and offer them up to Yahweh for cleansing and forgiveness, so may we all go forward to keep the Feast with “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8)
On the fifteenth day…is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to [Yahweh]; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23: 6 [Amp Bible]