The Bible reading for today is Exodus 13-14, Psalm 24, and Matthew 24. Our devotional is from Exodus 13-14.
The slaying of the firstborn of Egypt was the tenth and final plague and moved Pharaoh to thrust the children of Israel out of Egypt where they had lived for 430 years (Exodus 12:40-41). The observance of the Passover having been established (12:1-28, 43-51), the LORD directed Moses to instruct the people to sanctify the firstborn male of their households, both children and beasts, and dedicate them to the LORD as a memorial to Him for saving the firstborn of Israel from death (13:1-2, 11-16).
As a sign of the haste with which Pharaoh sent Israel out of Egypt, the people were to observe a new feast, the seven-day celebration known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 13:3-10). Unleavened bread, bread without yeast, would serve as a memorial to succeeding generations reminding them of the haste with which Pharaoh sent Israel out of Egypt.
As a point of application, leaven or yeast, is a symbol of sin and false teaching in the New Testament. Like yeast permeates dough, so does sin and false teaching in the church. As “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9), so does sin eventually become a cancer in the soul and church (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Christian friend, what about your sin? “Little sins” invariably grow and when excused rather than repented of, they will corrupt and eventually destroy. The Jews were to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread by purging or removing leaven from their homes (1 Corinthians 5:7). That is the only way you can be free of the corrupting influence of sin in your soul…confess it and turn from it.
1 John 1:9-10 – 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us oursins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith