unleavened bread primarily means sanctification
6Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little
leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Therefore purge out the
old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are
unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
19For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since
whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off
from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a
native of the land. 20You shall eat nothing leavened; in
all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread."'
10By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The meaning of the
unleavened bread, as can be clearly seen in 1Corinthians 5:6-8,
relates to getting the sin out of oneís life; i.e., sanctification.
The leaven is a type of sin, In Exodus 12:19-20 the Hebrews were
instructed to purge the leaven out of their houses. This is a
picture of the Christian purging the sin out of his life.
We can plainly see that
the unleavened bread of the Lordís Supper pertains to our
sanctification. Sanctification is the breadís primary meaning.
Healing for the body would be a parallel truth pertaining to the
bread, but it is certainly not the breadís primary meaning.
Also, in 1Corinthians
5:7, Paul states that we are unleavened. Many would want this to
mean forgiven; but it actually means dead to sin, or crucified with
Christ, or that we have been sanctified (Hebrews 10:10). The great
theme in Scripture is that we are dead to sin and therefore have the
authority to purge the old leaven out of our lives.
Another way to look at
this would be as follows: bread is symbolic for something that meets
a persons needs. Ruth 1:6 states, "... the Lord had visited His
people by giving them bread." God was blessing His people with food
to meet their needs. The eating of bread is a picture of getting
oneís needs met. Now, the eating of bread that does not have leaven
is a picture of getting oneís needs met in a way that does not
involve sin. It is a picture of sanctified living.
are tempted to sin when they have a desperate need. The devil sees
their need and tempts them with an ungodly or sinful solution to
their problem. Remember when Jesus was tempted to turn the rocks
into bread after His fast? The bread of the Lordís Supper symbolizes
and implies a sanctified or godly way of getting oneís needs met. It
symbolizes a sanctified or godly lifestyle.
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