Tuesday – November 14, 2017 – A New Sacrifice.
Exodus 23:15 (NIV) “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt.
“No one is to appear before me empty-handed.
Exodus 23:18 (NIV) “Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast.
“The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning.
Luke 9:62 (NIV) Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
What’s the big deal about unleavened bread and why was it such an important part of Israel’s festivals? Leaven represented the old life. In biblical times, bread was made by taking a lump of dough from an old batch and setting it aside for a period, so it could soak up the yeasts in the air. It was then used in the new dough for the new loaf of bread. When leaven was involved in making the daily bread, often times making the bread sweeter to the taste, it was a slow and tedious process. It impinged on any action that required urgency. Read Exodus 12:1-11. When it is time for deliverance, you do not want to hang around waiting for anything. Too often, we slow the process of God because we rely on things from our pasts and for odd reasons (maybe it remains sweet to the taste), we refuse to let go of them.
When Jesus gave us new life, He made everything in our lives new. This new life not only did not rely on things from the past, it required eliminating them. Jesus did not build on what was already there, He caused us to be born again, born of the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
In Luke, Jesus refers to going forward and not looking back. Looking back prevents us from receiving the harvest that God intends for us. When you put your hand to the plow, you are furrowing new ground and as you do, you are planting new seed. You are preparing yourself to receive what it is that God intends for you in the future. Looking back with longing for what was in your past will prevent you from receiving everything that God wants for you in the future.
In a tangible sense, think about what debt does to your future. It tethers you to your past and every decision for the future is impaired by the actions of the past. What you bought previously with tomorrow’s money keeps you from God’s best future for you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me the importance of letting go of the past and embracing the future you have for me. I look to you to receive the harvest that you intend for me.