Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:7
Traditionally, during the Passover feast the Jews would eat unleavened bread (which would be something like tortillas or crackers, made without yeast or baking soda) along with the sacrificed lamb. All the bread which had leaven in it (and therefore looked like real bread) would have been eaten or thrown out by this time, for a little leaven from that would affect all the dough being made. Leavening was used multiple times by Christ to reference the sin and hypocrisy of the Pharisees, and in this passage refers to the sin and behavior of a person’s old life before Christ. Paul is here saying that we need to be new dough, made for the Passover to be with Christ the sacrificial Lamb, that has none of the leaven of the old life in it. We need to get rid of our old actions and lifestyles so that we can be made new in Christ. Jesus was sacrificed for us, to pay for our sins, so we need to put off those sins and become new and untainted by them. We need to honor Him and His sacrifice by turning away from our old lives and choosing to live in the new freedom He has given us, freedom from sin, freedom to live in obedience to Him. What kind of dough are you? Are you a new lump ready for Passover, or are you tainted by the leavening of your old life?
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