Practical Application of the Word of God
We have just finished observing the Passover, the Night of Vigil, and the Days of Unleavened Bread. However, I wonder if, based on the number of times I heard a general consensus of what the Days of Unleavened Bread are about, if we really understand what this feast of the Lord pictures.
What I heard and read most people say and write is that the Days of Unleavened Bread are about putting sin out of our lives. But is that true?
Let’s briefly rehearse the physical process and compare it with the spiritual process (I covered this in detail in another post, so I will briefly review it here).
Physically, we are commanded by God to have leaven removed from our houses by the beginning of the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Spiritually, we leave the Passover service deleavened, having completed our spiritual performance review and making our new spiritual performance plan with God beforehand, renewing our commitment to God and Jesus Christ as well as our commitment to single-mindedly and purposefully pursuing righteousness and acknowledging our need for the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ to remove our sins.
This conscious, methodical, intense, and deliberate deleavening (cleaning out leaven physically and putting sin out spiritually) occurs before the Days of Unleavened Bread begin.
Obviously, if we find leaven during the Days of Unleavened Bread, we get rid of it immediately, just as we should be learning to get rid of sin immediately as soon as we are aware of it, but putting sin out is not the focus of the Days of Unleavened Bread.
My personal belief is that what the Days of Unleavened Bread are about – the focus – has been lost because of the doctrinal error in the churches of God that states that eating unleavened bread during this feast is not mandatory, but optional (God’s word says it’s mandatory and we lose the meaning if we don’t do it).
If the time just before the Days of Unleavened Bread pictures putting sin out and we leave the Passover service, in effect, deleavened, then in a sense, we arrive at the Days of Unleavened Bread empty, ready to be filled, if you will.
There are no voids in the universe that God created. An empty glass is not empty, but instead full of air. The air is displaced when we put water in the glass. In other words, we replace the original contents of the glass with something else.
Likewise, this principle applies directly to us and the meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread. By eating unleavened bread during this feast, we picture the spiritual action that we have a lifelong commitment to doing, which is to put on God’s righteousness, with God’s help, leaving no empty space in our lives for sin.
In other words, we replace sin with righteousness. But it takes God’s help and our proactive cooperation, participation, willingness, dedication, diligence, and submission to God’s word and His will everywhere in our lives.
So the meaning and focus of the Days of Unleavened Bread are that we are putting on the righteousness of God, which we physically symbolize by eating unleavened bread, not that we are putting out sin, which is done before this feast even begins.
I hope that we understand this a little better with this explanation and it will bring more spiritual meaning to our lives going forward.