Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend!
Today I am getting a little more deep than normal and to be honest I did not intend to make this post so long but it just happened, haha. I’m not here to preach but it has been on my mind since we just celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
If you don’t want to hear me ramble on, no worries! The links to the cutest palm print dresses are right below the pictures per usual!
So many of us are familiar or at least aware of Passover right? Well, what about The Feast of Unleavened Bread? Did you know that this feast begins the very next evening after Passover? And did you know the celebration of this feast was a very straight forward commandment from God? It’s okay, I didn’t realize that either.
Exodus 12:19-20 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”
So long story short, I grew up catholic and a lot of the holy days I partake in now as a COGWA member, I didn’t partake in before. It has totally been a beautiful learning experience. And again, I am not hear to preach to you but because it’s all still fairly new to me I love sharing my thoughts with you all!
So what brought me to this post today is this, during The Feast of Unleavened Bread leaven is symbolic of sin.
Corinthians 5:8- Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
For more info, you can click here but basically but this time of year always has me doing some major reflecting . I wrote about here it last year too. As stated in Exodus 12:19, we are to clear our house or yeast/leavened bread AKA “sin”. So for weeks before this feast Brandon and I start our spring cleaning. We do a deep cleaning in every room and crevice of our house. A few days before the feast we clean out our pantry, fridge and cabinets of all leaven. That means bread (obvi), baking soda, flour, cookies (omg!), basically any baked goods or substance that can interact with the other ingredients in food which helps the food rise.
Easy enough right? Wrong.
This is where it gets interesting for me. Year 1, I forget to throw out the carpet powder which contains (and is mostly) baking powder. Year 2, I felt guilty about throwing away so much food so I boxed it up and put it in my car to bring it to work (perfectly good cookies, cereal, etc.) and day 2 into The Days of Unleavened Bread I realized I never took it out of my car. #fail
Year 3, this year. I was feeling so dang good and prepared. Spring cleaning started weeks earlier, we had our written out a list of anything and everything that had to be purged and I no way was going to leave those products in my car again like I did last year. So here I am day 3 into the feast, being extra careful of what I’m eating, reading the ingredients in everything I make and feeling like a pro in avoiding all things leavened (aka sin).
Day 4 of year 3- I’m at work and open a drawer to look for an old notebook that contained notes I needed. Found a box of nutrition bars…immediately read the back of box for list of ingredients. Yup, leaven. Ugh, okay so I toss those.
Day 5- Attended a blogger sneak preview event. Had an amazing time, mingled, avoided everything that was being served because I wasn’t going to dare ask the caterers the ingredients in everything, haha! After a couple of hours, I was walking out to leave and was handed a gift bag for attending. Stoked because I saw an amazing color palette peaking through the top of the bag and I had been wanting that exact one! I immediately went through the bag when I got to my car. Getting even more excited with every item I pulled out of the bag, at the very bottom….a freshly baked cookie. Ugh! Year 3, #failagain 🙂
I know these seem like the smallest examples, but it’s such an insightful thing when leaven begins to represent sin and you start to be conscious about how much of it is around. It’s found in things we manage/consume in our everyday routine like my example in Day 4. When not being fully aware, I’m letting sin be handed to me and accepting it like my example in Day 5.
HE is not asking us to rid of bread in our lives. Leaven is simply the spiritual representative of sin during these Spring holy days. This gives us a chance to repent, becoming more aware, it gives us a chance to renew so that we can continue the year more conscious and to begin to live everyday more righteously.
If anyone from my church is reading this, they may not agree with my comparison, but because I grew up a devoted Catholic 29 years of my life I can’t help but to compare each of my feasts today to what I used to celebrate. It’s like 40 days of lent. It represents sacrifice, spiritual discipline and being conscious of not giving into the temptation of Satan. For my catholic friends it may be an easier way to relate. I know these aren’t the same things but just an example.
Corinthians 5:6- Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?
That short scripture says so much. All it takes is one tiny sin or wrong doing to become a much bigger life of sin.
Oh my goodness, okay so that ended up being much longer post than I anticipated, haha! But this is what has been on my mind! If you made it this far, you’re the bomb!
As always, thanks for reading! I appreciate you!