Galatians 5:9, "A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough." During this week of unleavened bread (Ex. 12:15) we are to rid our homes of leavening agents, and not eat anything that contains leaven. Most of us know that leaven is a representation of sin. Fasting from leaven for a whole week can put things into perspective for us, if we truly desire to be more holy, more like Him. If leaven is a representation of sin, then we should seek out how we can remove any type of sin from our lives! I like to call these types of sin "spiritual leavening agents". In reality, one only needs a very small amount of yeast (leaven) to make a loaf of bread. Without the yeast, it will be flat. The yeast or leavening agent is what makes it rise and become puffed up. This is applied the same way spiritually. If we only have a little bit of sin in our life, it will eventually take over and destroy us. The little bit of sin will form a root deep inside, and plant more seeds of sin, which will ferment and spread throughout our entire body. Sometimes we don't even know that it's there until years and years later (or maybe never). This is why this time of introspection is very important. We do not want to become consumed with our sin. We do not want any hidden sin! So let's break down what these "leavening agents" are, and how we can get rid of them.
During this feast of Unleavened Bread, we take the time to truly reflect on the depth and meaning that goes into why we observe it. We have a full week to reflect. A full week of not eating any leaven. Why? “You must not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of hardship — because you left the land of Egypt in a hurry — so that you may remember for the rest of your life the day you left the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 16:3 The Hebrew word for leaven is chametz. Leaven, or chametz, is symbolic of sin and bondage. The definition of matzah is “bread or cake without leaven”. Matzah is the Hebrew word for unleavened bread. Why did God instruct the Israelites to eat unleavened bread for seven days? He wanted them to be reminded of their deliverance from bondage when they were working under Pharoah. The matzah is a symbol of God’s deliverance and freedom from bondage. Matzah can also represent purity; in this story, it represents Yeshua’s body. Yeshua held up unleaded bread (matzah) at the Last Passover supper, representing His perfect purity, reminding the people that He was without sin and we are to follow after His example.
WHY UNLEAVENED BREAD?
Within the spring season of Passover lies the first significant week-long festival of the year. It's called Unleavened Bread and it's a seven-day feast with a high Sabbath on the first day and on the seventh. During this time, no one that calls the name of Yahweh their God is supposed to eat any leavened bread. All bread is to be unleavened. But why? Virtually all the sacrifices in the temple that require bread specifically say that it has to be unleavened bread. What's the deal with leaven, anyway, that makes its use seem practically banned? This article will answer that question.