Where does the tradition of unleavened bread come from?
I did a quick study on it and it is not 100% conclusive, but here are a few ideas.
Scholars think it could be that there were no time wait for the bread to rise when God said they need to be ready to leave Egypt – a very practical explanation.
Or it could symbolize that we should not be ‘puffed up’, that we should go back to basics, the simple, authentic life.
This second idea we see reflected in scripture in 1Cor 5
1 Cor 5: 6-8
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
What a strong passage. We need a small amount of sin or ‘puffed up’ or pride to glory in ourselves and not in God. The more we boast of our (or our children’s) abilities and successes, the less glory we give God. It is natural to feel proud and I think it is OK to state the facts (that is truthful) when something was accomplished, but we must always know where it comes from. God gave us those abilities to glorify Him. That is why I think it is a good idea during communion, to do introspection, to remember the times we might have boasted and to hand it over to God, toe purge out the old leaven. We need to live a life of sincerity and truth.
I have also seen in some of the companies I worked in and who I consulted for. If there is one person in a team, who spreads negativity, ‘n bad attitude, gossip, it tends to influence the whole group and the culture in the group. Removing one person from a group can make a great difference in the atmosphere.
Does this mean we should eat unleavened bread
When I did a quick search for the amount of time unleavened bread was discussed in the Old Testament, it seemed less than the amounts of time it discussed leavened bread. I found exactly the same trend in the New Testament. So we don’t have to do this daily, only per occasion, I always thought that unleavened bread was THE bread. But all Jesus’s miracles around bread was done with leavened bread. And here is a sample of some of the verses around leavened bread:
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Luk 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
Ps 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
So, based on the 1Cor verses to instruct you to keep the feast with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth and these verses asking God for our daily (leavened) bread and the bread that satisfies the soul, what do you think it says to you?
God bless, may He satisfy you on a daily basis.