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Feast of Unleavened Bread


 

Exodus 12:15-20

 

And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever,” Exodus 12:17.

 

 

Perhaps the Israelites in bondage could not fully understand it at the time, but when God instituted the Feast of Unleavened Bread, He was setting up a picture of the body of Jesus Christ. Leaven is fermented dough and nearly always represents sin or decay in the Bible. A feast that focused on unleavened bread served as a reminder of the purity of heart God requires.

 

When churches observe the Lord’s Supper today, they use unleavened bread, just as Jesus used when He instituted the Lord’s Supper, which symbolizes the perfect, sinless body of Jesus. “Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body” (Matt. 26:26).

 

The picture continues further when we realize how we behave as the body of Christ today when we serve God through a church. As we serve the world around us in love, we become the hands and feet of Jesus. The only way a church can represent Christ truthfully is to maintain a standard of health and holiness within the church through a unified pursuit of Christ and accountability to that commitment. That is why Paul tells the church in Corinth to enjoy the fellowship of the church by walking in “sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:8).

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you walk in sincerity and truth today? 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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The Passover Lamb


 

Exodus 12:1-14

 

And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt,” Exodus 12:13.

 

 

When it was time for God to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, He established a way for the people to always memorialize their deliverance by instituting the Lord’s Passover. Each household was to shed the blood of a lamb that was without blemish and paint the blood on the doorposts of the home. Then, the lamb was to be roasted and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs by everyone in the home, as they stood, ready to evacuate Egypt. That night, God preserved the firstborn of every home who had observed the Passover and delivered the Israelites from bondage.

 

Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover. He became what the Passover represented, God’s salvation through the shed blood of an innocent Lamb. After Christ was crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended into Heaven, the apostle Paul looked back to what Jesus had done and said, “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7). Just as God could not withhold His punishment from a home in Egypt on which the blood of the lamb was not painted, so God cannot pardon a person who has not been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. It is impossible for God to forgive a person’s sins if he has not, in faith, been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7).

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Have you been cleansed by the blood of Jesus? 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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82 – March 23 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


A Fool hath spoken

 

In speaking of false teachers, Peter says that they will be “clouds without water”, and that they will be brought into bondage by what overcomes them.  While many compromise truth for pleasure or popularity, there are others that are overcome by their own intelligence.  Such a one was Crawford Howell Toy, who was born on March 23, 1836.  Baptists must not forget C.H. Toy who resigned from Southern Baptist Seminary and moved to Harvard and became Unitarian and a celebrated professor from that institution.  God had provided Toy with every opportunity to succeed as a champion of Fundamentalism.  He had an outstanding education, incubation into sound doctrine, the opportunity of walking with great men such as John A. Broadus, who he boarded with.  He wooed and won the hand in engagement of the lovely missionary Charlotte “Lottie” Moon, who he would later lose because of his infidelity.  He was noted for his bravery as he fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War under the direct leadership of Robert E. Lee.  He was wounded and captured by the Union forces, and he utilized his time studying Hebrew, which he would later become a foremost authority.  After the war he studied in Europe and no doubt began to drink the poison of liberalism.  Toy was an intellectual giant.  To this day it is not difficult to find his articles and writings.  Yet in the zenith of his walk among outstanding Bible preachers and professors he would imbibe Darwinism and shipwreck his faith.  The same Darwinism that godly Baptists steadfastly resisted in spite of the nearly overwhelming pressure of the intelligentsia of the day.  What a fool was Toy in spite of his great intellect.  And his former student would prove wiser than her teacher by refusing his hand in marriage.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp, 170 – 172.

 

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