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Calling All Yeast Inspectors

“Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and nothing leavened shall be seen among you, nor shall any leaven be seen among you in all your borders. (Exodus 13:7)

A concept carried across both Testaments is how leaven—an older term for yeast—is a representation of the way sin works when allowed to go unaddressed. Even before the formal giving of the Law through Moses, it was one of the first requirements given by God in the course of the Passover when Israel was still in Egypt. An important aspect of Passover, where they were literally saved by the blood of the lamb as they were coming out of the old life and into the new, was the accompanying command to deal with the expulsion of sin as symbolized by purposely addressing the eradication of leaven not just from the meal, and but the whole household. When instructions were given to annually observe Passover, the need to expunge this symbol of sin extended to “all your borders”—it was not just necessary for the individual or just one’s household, but the whole of God’s people.

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