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01 February 2008

Unleavened Life

This is from a thought that I e-mailed to our people at Wall Highway. Thought I'd post it here.

In Exodus 12, we read about God commanding the Israelites to be prepared to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread (bread without yeast -- faster to prepare because it doesn't have to rise), and this comand was given just prior to their leaving Egypt essentially on the spur of the moment. Once the final plague, the death of first-born (people and animals), had hit the Egyptians, Pharaoh was in a huge hurry to get the Israelites out of his country. He and the rest of the Egyptians thought that they would all die if the Israelites stayed any longer.

It's noteworthy that the Israelites, in spite of the fact that they were finally getting to leave after repeated starts and stops, and very hastily now, "took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders." (Exodus 12:34, NLT)

As they prepared to leave, they made sure they were going to obey in the other, arguably less-important, area -- baking unleavened bread (which turned out to be perfect, since as they cooked later that night they didn't have time to wait for bread with yeast to rise).

As did the Israelites thousands of years ago, I want to encourage you as members of the Church today to act immediately when the Spirit says act, to stop when the Spirit says stop, etc. Don't wait for the next best opportunity to do something that God has laid on your heart -- when prompted, do it! It could be simply calling a friend to check on them, buying coffee for the person behind you in the drive-through, etc. Then again, it could be something that will change a person's life forever -- telling them about Christ.

The second lesson that everything at this blog usually points to: in the midst of doing the big stuff, don't forget the small stuff.


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