“Get Rid Of The Old Yeast…!”
Yeast when mixed in flour causes the dough to rise before being baked into bread, while bread without yeast is thick and can last longer without getting bad. Biblical writers came to identify yeast with evil and sin that should be eradicated. Why?
The “Passover” happened when the angel of death passed through Egypt and struck down first borns of both Egyptian humans and animals but passedover the houses of the Israelites because their doorposts were smeared with the blood of slaughtered lambs. On the evening before that night of Egyptian nightmare, the Israelites were to eat roasted meat with bitter herbs and “bread made without yeast (unleavened bread)” They were asked to celebrate the Feast of Unleavend bread forever-after as a reminder. This feast was to last for seven days “from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. During the seven days no yeast was to be found in the houses. Whoever ate anything with yeast was to be cut off from the community (Ex.12:8-9&17-20). Before the evening of the fourteenth day people had to sweep their houses thoroughly to ensure that no particle of yeast was to be in the house. They had to be rid of yeast until the Festival was over.
It is within this background that Paul says, “Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are. For Christ our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth…”
Believers and the Church of Christ are now new creations in Christ, called upon to become holy in conduct. *Sincerity and truth should be our Christian hallmark as we rid ourselves of malice and wickedness. To say we are a new creation in Christ we must have “the narrow door” experience. Jesus admonishes, *”Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many…will try to enter and will not be able to”*(Lk.13:22-30).
We sometimes cut association with people of the secular world as if that makes us holier. Paul says if we want to behave as such we would have to leave this world. Rather the point is that we who are Christians have amongst us the sexually immoral, the greedy, the idolater, the slanderer, the drunker, the swindler, etc.
Against all such within the fellowship we should dissociate ourselves. However, while we point a finger at the other person, the question to ask of self is, *”Am I free of all vices?”* Where you find that you are not, keep working on it as you plead with the Holy Spirit to stengthen you.
Sunday prayer: Holy Spirit keep prodding me as I get rid of all particles of the old yeast and put a right spirit within me. Amen!
Have a blessed Sunday! Peace be with you!
Rev. Babila Fochang.