Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Joshua 10:16-27

1 Corinthians 5:6-8

I get excited when I open my Bible and the verses I read immediately direct me to a song.  Our Psalm reading today gave me that experience again.  What a wonderful gift God gave in music as it helps us hide his word in our hearts.  This is the song that I began singing upon reading Psalm 118:1-2.  What songs do you hear as you read God’s Word?

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened–as you really are.  For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  …let us keep the Festival…with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:7-8).”

A couple of weeks ago I subbed for a high school “Foods and Nutrition” class.  The students were taking a quiz on baking, so I looked through it to see how I would do.  (I would have passed!) One of the questions dealt with the difference between chemical and non-chemical raising agents.  In some baked goods we add yeast, baking soda or baking powder.  But in others, like Angel Food Cake, air and water already present in the ingredients produce enough of a reaction while in the oven to cause the cake or bread to rise.

In a way, this is like Paul’s words to the Corinthian church when he encourages them to worship like unleavened bread–born of sincerity and truth.  Instead of looking to add something to ourselves in order to worship and honor God, we only need to let loose what God has already placed inside us–the spirit of truth, and a sincere desire to praise the One True God.  Our circumstances and world around us are like the oven, creating the right environment for the reaction to take place: the cake will rise, or our hearts will open to God in praise.

Just as there are hundreds of thousands of breads and cakes and cookies to be had, God has created different “flavors” and characteristics in each of us.  Allow yours to be expressed and be free to serve and glorify our Risen Savior.

Anna