Just what deleavening does God want His children to do? What has He commanded His people? Here are the Five Ws of Deleavening: why, where, what, who and when.
[Editor's note - Audio Quality improves at 5m30s] Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the spring cleaning associated with deleavening, reminds us that God is a God of order, sustaining and upholding all things, and encourages us to clean, maintain, dress and keep, improving what He has given us. As God's creation, He works to make …
Keeping the leaven out is very important in its own right. However, our primary focus should not be on the leavened bread but on the unleavened bread.
Our individual sins (committed in our thoughts, words, and behaviors) are never isolated, but sadly influence every other member of the congregation.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies far more than the avoidance of leavening. Our focus needs to be on God's management of the process of deliverance.
Are we merely performing a ritual or are we making sure the real point of deleavening and keeping these days does not get lost in the physical activity?
Why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our baby boys? Is deleavening 'Old Covenant'?
Everyone has a great deal of stuff, which we stockpile and safeguard jealously. How readily could we leave it all behind, as the Israelites had to?
Here are the foundational principles to keep in mind in observing the Feasts of God throughout the year.
We should be willing to give up anything for the Kingdom, controlling our speech, thoughts, behaviors, and lives. We cannot grow in grace without works.
While most understand the sacrificial theme of Passover, they fail to grasp actively overcoming sin, largely because of the concept of 'free' grace.
In this sermon prepared for the Days of Unleavened Bread, John Reid examines the symbols of leavening (representing a way of life against God and against us) and unleavening (representing harmony with God and positive things for us now, representing a wonderful positive life in the future, as a beloved member of the family of …
John Ritenbaugh observes that some misguided individuals have denigrated the practice of putting out leaven as childish and something to be outgrown. The fruits of their lives indicate that they never learned the subtle lessons these customs or practices were supposed to teach. The annual rehearsal of these practices is …
Mike Ford, acknowledging that many of us are now in a de-leavening mode, suggests that getting rid of accumulated clutter is a positive goal as we simplify our lives in our preparation of extracting ourselves from the world and following God. Spring cleaning is a custom largely connected to Israelitish nations. Everybody has the …
Our carnal natures must be displaced by God's Holy Spirit, motivating us to refrain from causing offense, but freely forgiving others as God has forgiven us.
After we accept Christ's sacrifice, we desperately need to come out of sin, walking in light rather than darkness, having continuous fellowship with God.
At the time of Christ, because of historical deviation, some kept Passover at home at the start of the 14th and others kept it at the Temple at the end of the 14th.
Even though keeping the law does not justify us, it does point out to us what sin is. The law is a guide keeping us within moral and ethical boundaries.
We must make choices over our entire lifetime. God does the heavy lifting in terms of giving the choices and the solutions for us, but He will not choose for us.