Yeast Yeast Yeast!

For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. (Exodus 12:15)

Yesterday I went to Wingstop to get some chicken wings, and my husband pointed out a picture on a wall of these yummy looking yeast rolls. “We must get this!” We ordered 2 of them, but for some reason the word “yeast” reminded me of unleavened bread in the bible. And today when I was reading through Exodus, I kept on seeing “yeast” EVERYWHERE! I was really surprised at how many times it was repeated in the scripture.

Why so many times? And why such significance?

Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. (Exodus 12:17)

God called this the Festival of Unleavened bread. I bet the main thing they ate was Lamb that was slaughtered, but why was the bread emphasized more? The fact that the bread was Unleavened seemed like the most important thing, but I couldn’t tell exactly why. As I kept meditating on the verse, something interesting hit me.

On the first day remove the yeast from your houses

It was not just about avoid eating the yeast, but also removing yeast from your house altogether! It almost sounded like ridding ourselves completely and cleansing ourselves from sin. Do not even let the trace of sin be found anywhere. Also eating the leavened bread resulted in being cut off from God, just like sin causes the separation between us and God.

or whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.

That’s a serious consequences for just eating some sort of bread, isn’t it? This all represents and symbolizes something more significant.

“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:9)

It is quite true that even a slight trace of unrepentant sin can affect the whole body. It quickly spreads to the whole batch before you know it. I got curious about yeast, and started to research a bit more into it. Scientifically speaking how does yeast affect the dough and what’s the optimal state for it to work and make the whole dough rise?

That’s when I found something even MORE interesting.

The optimum temperature range for yeast fermentation is between 90˚F-95˚F (32˚C-35˚C). Every degree above this range depresses fermentation. While elevated temperature is problematic in all phases of ethanol production, it is specifically hazardous during the later stages of fermentation.

Basically yeast thrives and grow the fastest (just like how sin spreads fast) at a certain temperature. That’s between 90 and 95˚F, and you know what that is?

That’s a lukewarm temperature.

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)

Sin thrives in lukewarmness. Lord, I repent for all the times I was lukewarm and complacent. I want to do a thorough search within myself to find if there is even a small trace of sin hidden, and get rid of it. With a pure and clean heart, I want to run after you with passion, Amen.

10 Plagues in Exodus

When I was going through exodus this time, I had SO many questions. (Can’t even begin to list all of them here) One that made me really curious was actually the 10 plagues that happened in Egypt. It was quite painful to read through all 10 and and it got to a point where it seemed truly ridiculous for Pharaoh to keep rebelling against God. I was asking “Why did all these plagues had to happen?” Couldn’t it have been two or three?

All the vivid imagery in my head of Nile turning to bloody red mess, and fly infested foul smelling land was pretty gruesome. I’m a pretty visual person, so when I read, I picture these things in my head like a scene in a movie.

There must be something here that I’m not seeing.

What is God trying to tell us through this? What was God trying to show the Egyptians and Israelites at the time this happened? Why were all 10 of these plagues necessary? I wanted to find the significance in each of these, so I started to do some researching into what each of these plagues represented. And it DID represent something! Every single plague corresponded to Egyptian gods. For example,

Heket – Egyptian goddess of fertility, water, renewal, had the head of a frog (this corresponds to the plague of frogs infesting people’s bedroom etc, hence it being the goddess of fertility)

Ra – The sun god, who was the most worshipped god in Egypt. (corresponds to the three days of complete darkness)

Basically God was showing that NONE of the gods in Egypt were sovereign. There is one and only God who’s all powerful and none other even measure up. He was going over all the idols of Egypt and showing the people that no other gods or magicians can do what he does.

And then I started to see another message God was trying to tell me through this. He was also showing us what God-less world would look like with all these plagues. This goes back to Genesis, and the story of creation. All these plagues in a way, were sort of reversing the wonderful work he has done in the beginning of time.

● He said “Let there be light(Genesis 1:3) and this corresponds to the plague of darkness. (He said the light was “good”)

And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered into one place, so that the dry land may appear.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:9) and this corresponds to the plague of blood tainting the body of water God’s created.

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, land crawlers, and wild animals according to their kinds.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:24) This is a direct opposite of the plague of death of livestock.

So on.. you get the idea.

Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) Which obviously corresponds to the last finale, which was the plague of death of firstborn.

I was sort of in awe, there are so many symbolism and hidden meanings in the bible and it was so cool that God revealed some part of them to us.
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14) I pray that I will walk in the fear of the Lord, holiness and righteousness. Lord thank you so much for your word, and all the hidden mysteries that you choose to reveal to us, Amen.