Why do we Eat Unleavened Bread?
In my experience, I have found that Jews eat unleavened bread to remember a past event, the Exodus from Egypt. However, for Christians the powerful meaning points not only to something future but also to our present lives today. You probably know the future meaning, which we will mention only briefly, so we will focus on eating unleavened bread to benefit our lives today.
The future event, of course, is our expectation of resurrection to eternal life with God. Death passed over the blood of the sacrificial lamb in Egypt, which is prophetic of the resurrection of Yeshua, the son of God. Those who believe in Yeshua’s resurrection have the promise of their own resurrection to eternal life, which requires righteousness without sin, because, if we come before God in a sinful condition we will die. Unleavened bread represents life without sin because yeast is like sin that changes a pure, flat bread to something that has risen because of an impure agent.
Now let us focus on unleavened bread in our own lives today, which requires an understanding of the Hebraic sense of time. We know that God created all things, including time. We also know that God is present in all aspects of His creation. Thus, He is present in past time, present time, and future time. To the extent that we are walking in righteousness, which we accomplish from time to time (we must wait for complete righteousness when God grants us eternal life), then we are no longer separated from God, but are “one with Him.” When that happens we are with God in all aspects of time – past, present and future.
Now, you are asking, what does “walking with God” that brings us together with Him in all aspects of time have to do with unleavened bread in our lives today? The answer is quite powerful. When you are “one with God” you not only can experience past events (for example, experiencing the Exodus during the Passover as if you were actually there), but you can also bring the future into your life as well. You can walk without the leaven of sin. Yes, walking in righteousness is possible (from time to time, not all the time, not yet).
The Apostle Paul made this point quite clearly. “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. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co 5:7-8).
Therefore, when you eat unleavened bread, focus on walking in newness of life that God has made available by the gift of the Holy Spirit, which guides us in a walk of righteousness. Bring the future into your life today. That is, we have in part now what we will have in full when God gives us eternal life. So, claim the newness of life, and you will not only be blessed in your own life but you will also be a witness to others of what is still future.