The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a perfect time to do spring cleaning. It’s an ideal time to clean both the in and outside of your cup. Those who keep or at least commemorate The Feast of Unleavened Bread understand the importance of ridding ones home of any and all leaven. Those of us who love Messiah knows no matter how many places you look or no matter how thorough you are there is a possibility you have overlooked some and found leaven in your midst. Bottomline even when we strive to live a life without leaven (sin), it’s presence is always near lurking in the corners or recesses of our mind. Not that we always reach for it or touch it, because it is far easier to keep from eating leaven for seven days then to locate all leaven that could be stuck in drawers or little fragments waisted here or there. Thus as scripture says, “…when I would do good evil is present with me.” (Rom. 7:21)
Amazing thing for me is every year I observe the feast the more humble I become concerning it. It helps me realize how vulnerable I am to sin and how desperately I need his wisdom and direction. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. When starting to keep the feast there is this childlike zeal you get like finding hidden treasure. You want to share it with those you love, but you want to make sure what you found is indeed real. Once authentication has taken place and you begin to share this treasure with others you begin to find yourself in debates instead of being able to enjoy the fruit of your findings. Your zeal can turn to dogmatic arrogance as the goal changes from sharing the treasure to debating its value. You begin to understand that people can be looking at the same treasure and one sees its value while the other sees flaws. Likewise, I look back at how often we shared the treasure of Yah’s feast and some saw it as legalistic rituals that didn’t apply to them and others saw it as the missing link. The “more” they knew their faith possessed. Today, I just feel grateful that Yah has opened my eyes to see the truth and to have a love for it even if it debunks my long held beliefs. I don’t feel it is my responsibility to prove its authentic value, but simply to present it for what it is and let others come to their own conclusion. My prayer is that YHVH will open my eyes and theirs to all the truth and embrace where it leads us.
Having said that this year it dawned on me the physical health benefits of fasting from yeast. As many people know yeast is the main culprit for fungus growth. While I admittedly have not done an in-depth study on the link between fasting from it and improved health. I realize Yah’s commandments have fulfilment on multiple levels. We know Deuteronomy 28 makes it clear the keeping of Yah’s commandments produced physical blessings.
They also take in consideration seasons and agriculture. So I propose this, what if fasting from yeast provides a biological reset? Like rest to the land every 7 years helps improve soil, could fasting from yeast the prescribed seven days help immobilize the overgrowth of fungus in our bodies, and aid in proper digestion of freshly created yeast after the seven day fast? I can’t confirm this yet, but that will definitely be my quest, to research this link. If you know of any research or have any thoughts on the topic would love to hear it.