Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Eucharist - One Symbolic Reason to Use Unleavened Bread

           AND TRUTH

The manifest fullness of Messiah's rule and reign on earth is not without opposition. But as at the Passover exodus, God will use the enemy's schemes to bring us to the place of His promise. He is taking us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18) that we might live in His gracious rest (Hebrews 4:1-11). Every testing is intended to bring us to a new place of promotion. How will you respond to your tests and trials as you're taken to your promised land? Will you unwittingly consume the "leaven of malice and wickedness" or the "unleavened bread of sincerity and truth?" 

When bread is prepared, only a tiny portion of leaven is added to it. Yet that tiny portion soon permeates and puffs up the entire loaf. Leaven inflates its host substance through the natural process of decay, a form of death. For this reason leaven is symbolic in the Scriptures of sin. On the other hand, unleavened bread resists decay. Retaining its nourishing properties, it remains fresh and alive. The unleavened bread of sincerity and truth symbolize God's Word.
 Excerpt taken from the website --- Light of Zion:  Imparting God's Prophetic Heart for Israel

 The unleavened bread is a ceremonial bread used to remember a historical event. It is used and eaten to remember the Hebrew’s deliverance out of Egypt.

3You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it, that is, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), that you may remember the day in which you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. Deuteronomy 16:3

3 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.  Exodus 12:3

The manna is all about living in the kingdom, while the unleavened bread is all about dying to or forsaking an old life style.

Christians should eat the unleavened bread of the Lord’s Supper to remember their deliverance out of sin that was accomplished through His death.

Any time God speaks to our hearts about some promise, or command, or word of encouragement, or whatever; this word is like manna to us. It sustains us on our journey with God. This implies more than just reading the Bible. It implies that the Holy Spirit uses the Bible to speak to our hearts.

Thus, the New Testament fulfillment of the unleavened bread is our deliverance out of some sin. The fulfillment of the manna is seen when we see God’s provision as we follow Him after leaving that sin. The manna is experienced after our deliverance from some sin (the sin being like living in Egypt). The manna is God’s answer to the believer’s cry, "I gave up that lifestyle for You! Now what? How am I going to survive without it? How am I going to live?" God’s reply, "Manna! I’ll feed you in the desert. Through it all, you will learn to rely upon My word." "...that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from of the mouth of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

To summarize, the manna is all about receiving God's provision, whereas the unleavened bread is all about dying to self, or leaving sin and the world. The ultimate reason Christians confuse these two is because the real meaning of the bread of the Lord’s Supper, dying to sin, is uncomfortable. A message about life is much easier to swallow. But, the ensuing confusion is devastating. The clear picture of the Christian lifestyle as seen in the Lord’s Supper is ruined. And, the much needed message that the bread stands for is ignored. 

Unleavened bread turned into the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 Excerpts taken from