This post is the first of, I pray, many of my thoughts from my personal quiet times as I read through the Bible. I’m now in Exodus, so I have a long way to go. I will not write on every thought I have, just the hightlights.
Purity: A Celebration of Our Deliverance – Exodus 12:14-42
On the night before the Israelites were to be headed out of Egypt, they were instructed by the Lord to make bread and eat it without yeast. They were also told that every year they were to celebrate their deliverance with a seven day celebration and eat bread without yeast. It would be called a Festival of Unleavened Bread.
What does this mean to us? Well, to me it means that I ought to remember and celebrate the fact that the Lord delivered me from bondage to sin. And the best way to do that is by being pure in my body and mind. You see, unleavened bread (without yeast) represents purity because yeast is symbolic of sin and corruption.
Maybe to give thanks to the Lord for your salvation you can go on a fast for 7 days every year. Just a thought. Or maybe you will consciously try to avoid lust (or some other sin that plagues you) every day. And you will tell God that you are doing it as a thank offering to Him for delivering you out of Egypt—that is, out of your past life of sin.
I think our personal acts of holiness are a great praise to God and a great celebration. And in that time of purity He will bless us with joy and a freedom of spirit, a freedom to worship Him in love.