THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. On this day you are going out, in the month Abib. And it shall be, when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.’ It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.(Exodus 13:3-10).
Today is the first day of a new month, which is April. We have spent three months in the year already and it pleases our God to make us see this month. He saved us from all the dangers that are out there on a daily basis. Many of these dangers have claimed the lives of so many people. The Lord wants us to reflect on all He has done and that He will continue to do. He told the children of Israel to “remember this day in which you went out of the house of bondage, for by strength of hand of the Lord brought you out of this place.” In like manner, we need to remember that it is the mercies of God that kept us alive, and well. Praise the LORD!. Many people who are better than us perished in one disaster or another. Sickness have claimed the lives of many, and natural disasters have claimed a lot of lives. What can we do to appreciate this our loving God? He gave the children of Israel specific instructions as to what to do in appreciation of what He had done for them, They should eat unleavened bread for 7 days, and no leavened bread should be seen among them. I have never eaten unleavened bread before, but I would believe that unleavened and leavened bread do not taste the same. The unleavened bread would probably be like eating “rubber” with no taste, like “bread of suffering” This is a symbol of the suffering that Jesus Christ would go through for mankind in order to set us free, and we should share in this by reflecting on the great work of His deliverance while eating the bread that was not pleasurable. May be this is why the orthodox churches give up meat on Fridays during Lent season while some give up on other pleasurable things as a sign of identifying with what God did for us and appreciating Him for it.
So back to my question, “What can we do to show our appreciation for what he is doing for us? I believe the best thing we can do is to share with others the love of God to all people. That is to say that we can take a day to go out and preach to others (evangelism). We can look for a sick person and go and pray with him/her. We can share our love with old people or those that are in need. Whatever we can do to show our appreciation to God, let us do it. We are alive for a purpose. let us continue to reach out to other people and show the Love of God to them. This is the beginning of a new month, let us commit our ways unto Him, move closer to Him and ask for more power to walk with Him. The Lord will continue to open our mind and our soul to things that will be pleasing unto Him. Remain in His Love.