The Transition from the Old to the new covenant series: Part 1 Remembrance

Exodus 13:3-6

3 Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the land where you were made to stay and work. For the Lord brought you out of this place by a powerful hand. No bread made with yeast will be eaten. 4 This day you are about to go out, in the month of Abib. 5 And the Lord will bring you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which He promised to your fathers to give you. It is a land flowing with milk and honey. There you will do this act of worship in this month. 6 For seven days you will eat bread without yeast. On the seventh day there will be a special supper to the Lord.

The Exodus is one of the most popular event’s of the bible, where it has even reached the so called ‘non-believers’ re-telling the story. But have you actually delved into what the Exodus actually meant in a spiritual way and the relation it may have with the covenant of grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, of which we are now living under.

Remember

If you notice at the beginning of verse 3 there is the word ‘remember’ of which Moses was instructing the Israelite’s to make it their purpose to remember what God had done for them on that particular day. Question, why would God instruct the Israelite’s to remember the events of what happened that day? How could people forget such an event right? But yet God instructed them to eat yeast without bread for 7 days as a companion to the remembrance. I believe this verse is showing us that we need to acknowledge our dependency on God, that whatever he is transitioning us out of and into, we need to actively acknowledge that if it wasn’t for the power of God and his deliverance then the series of events would have been very different. Yeast in the new testament is described by Jesus as the “teaching’s of the Pharisees”. Now remember the Israelites were enslaved for 430 years, so it was expected that they would’ve acquired the customs of the Egyptians so the symbol of them leaving Egypt without yeast signifies that they were leaving the old inherited customs behind that belonged to their slave masters and were stepping into the covenant God had prepared for them on the other side of the Red sea. We need to remember that when God takes us out of a situation that has held us captive we also need to release our old way of thinking and in turn acquire Christ’s way of thinking.

The Bread

In this case we cant talk about the yeast without mentioning the bread which is Christ. In John 6:35 Jesus declares that He is the bread. So the people of God eating the bread demonstrated them partaking in the new covenant that they were entering. Again Jesus mentions this in the final supper where he proceeds to break bread with his disciples and divided it among themselves (Matthew 26:26). This Bread that they participated in changed their lives forever, as the blood of Jesus impacts us today. May we actively remember the gift of salvation that Christ so heavily payed for us, and may we use this memory as a comfort that if he has already saved us, we indeed already have the victory!

Nathalie

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