Summary: To show that we need to live lives in an unclean world. James 1:27 (Amplified Bible) External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care
Are you leavened or unleavened?
I'm unleavened because I walk by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7
2 Corinthians 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to live lives in an unclean world.
James 1:27 (Amplified Bible)
External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
Exodus 12:20 (Amplified Bible)
You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread [during that week].
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have made me clean, unspotted, pure, and uncontaminated from the world.
Don't be corrupted - unleavened vs. leavened
A. Author and Central Character: Moses
B. Date written: 1447-1410 b.c.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
C. Purpose: To be a permanent reminder of God's redemptive act on Passover night; and of His care and direction, through the cloud of day and the pillar of fire of night, during His people's wilderness wanderings on the way to Canaan.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Each new generation of Israel
E. Main Theme: History of Israel from death of Joseph to the erection of the tabernacle
F. Key word: deliverance
G. Key verses:
Exodus 12:40-43 (Amplified Bible)
12:40 Now the time the Israelites dwelt in Egypt was 430 years.
12:41 At the end of the 430 years, even that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out of Egypt.
12:42 It was a night of watching unto the Lord and to be much observed for bringing them out of Egypt; this same night of watching unto the Lord is to be observed by all the Israelites throughout their generations.
12:43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat of it;
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Exodus 12:20 (King James Version)
Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
A. Eat nothing leavened
"Ye shall eat nothing leavened;"
Leavened symbolizes extortion or corruption according to it's Hebrew word "".
However, bread made with leaven or honey, both associated with the process of fermentation and thus a source of corruption, —Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.
Leavened or "chamets" in Hebrew which means:
1. extortion - the act or practice of wresting any thing from a person by force,duress, menaces, authority,or by any undue exercise of power; illegal exaction; illegal compulsion to pay money, or to do some other act. Extortion is an offense punishable at common law.
Unleavened or "matstsah" in Hebrew which means:
1. concretely sweet (not soured or bittered with yeast)
Exodus 12:20 (The Message)
Don't eat anything raised. Only matzoth."
What are leavened?
1. Leaven of the Pharisees - hypocrisy
Luke 12:1 (Amplified Bible)
IN THE meanwhile, when so many thousands of the people had gathered that they were trampling on one another, Jesus commenced by saying primarily to His disciples, Be on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy [producing unrest and violent agitation].
2. Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees - their teaching
Matthew 16:1 (Amplified Bible)
NOW THE Pharisees and Sadducees came up to Jesus, and they asked Him to show them a sign (spectacular miracle) from heaven [attesting His divine authority].
Matthew 16:12 (Amplified Bible)
Then they discerned that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
3. Little leaven - sexual immorality
1 Corinthians 5:1 (Amplified Bible)
IT IS actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, impurity of a sort that is condemned and does not occur even among the heathen; for a man has [his own] father’s wife.
1 Corinthians 5:6 (Amplified Bible)
[About the condition of your church] your boasting is not good [indeed, it is most unseemly and entirely out of place]. Do you not know that [just] a little leaven will ferment the whole lump [of dough]?
4. Old leaven - contamination
1 Corinthians 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.
5. Leaven of vice, malice and wickedness
1 Corinthians 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.