Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters.
During the Days of Unleavened Bread, leaven (such as yeast) symbolizes sin. Unleavened bread symbolizes the lack of sin—righteousness. Understanding this important analogy helps us understand why God commanded us to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6). The New Testament Church of God continues to celebrate this festival (1 Corinthians 5:7-8).
As Christians, we remove all leavened food products from our homes before this seven-day feast, which starts on the 15th day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar (which this year is today, April 15, 2014). God does not have us do this just to clean our homes of food and crumbs, but as an important teaching tool.
Food crumbs containing leaven can be hidden in many places—under couch cushions, in toasters, under car seats, behind refrigerators, etc. In other words, everywhere! Likewise, sin can be present in many areas of our lives that we may not be aware of (Psalm 19:12-13).
By diligently seeking to remove leaven from our dwellings, we learn to diligently seek to remove sin—both obvious and hidden—from our lives.
To learn more about the symbolism of leaven, read “What Is Leaven and What Does It Picture?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Escaping Sin.”