THE SCENE: Israel had been in slavery in Egypt for years. In answer to the prayers of the Israelite people, God sent Moses to Pharaoh with this command: ďLet my people go!Ē
But of course Pharaoh wouldnít listen and so God brought 10 terrible plagues upon Egypt and Pharaoh to convince them that it was in their best interests to honor His request.

This passage of Scripture from Exodus 12 weíll be looking at this morning describes the beginning of the 1st and most important festival in the history of the Jewish people called the Passover.
From the day of Moses, until today - every year Jewish God-fearing families have partaken pf the Passover meal as closely as possible. Their Passover meal celebrates the love of their God who freed their ancestors from slavery and who passed over their homes because they obeyed Him in putting the blood of a sacrificed lamb upon the doorframes of their homes.

But Passover was only the first feast day in a week long festival called ďThe Feast of Unleavened BreadĒ And thatís what weíre going to be looking at today.

(At this point we read Exodus 12:1-28 and had our opening Prayer)

OPEN: An EMT was working in the Emergency Room when a father brought in his son. The boy had poked a tire from one of his toy trucks up his nose. The father was embarrassed, but the EMT assured him this was something kids often do.
The technician quickly removed the tireÖ and the father and son were on their way. But a few minutes later, the father was back in the ER asking to talk to the EMT in private.
The father into an examining room where he began: "While we were on our way home I was looking at that little tire and wondering, how on earth did my son get this thing up his noseÖ" and then he went on to explain what the problem was
Fortunately, it only took the EMT just a few seconds to get the tire out of Dadís nose.

APPLY: There are certain things that donít belong up a personís nose.
They might fit.
They might NOT even cause much pain.
But they just donít belong.

There are certain things that donít belong in our bodies
There are certain things that donít belong in our minds
And there are certain things that donít belong in our homes

I. What intrigued me about this morningís passage was that was precisely what The Feast of Unleavened Bread was designed to teach.

The Passover symbolized the freedom God wanted to give His peopleÖ but that feast was followed by 6 more days that focused on the fact that Godís kind of freedom required His people to REMOVE things from their lives and their homes.

During The Feast of Unleavened Bread - Godís people were instructed NOT ONLY not to eat leavened bread during that week. But they were not to allow ANYTHING that had ANY yeast in it in their homes. Anyone who ate anything that contained yeast during that week was to be cut off from their people. (shunned/ ostracized).

Yeast was used by God to symbolize the power of sin

When Israel offered