Date: December 1, 2014 11:43 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Freedom From Sin
Freedom From Sin
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Scripture Focus: Leviticus 23:6-8; Romans 6:18
Scripture tells us that the one-day Passover celebration is followed by seven days known as the Festival of Matzah (Unleavened Bread). In haste to leave Egypt on the day of their Exodus, the children of Israel did not have enough time for the dough to rise. Observant Jews today still eat only Matzah during these days to commemorate.
What a wonderful picture God has given to us! Leaven puffs things up. It spreads and it permeates. And this is exactly what sin does in our lives. We are puffed up by sins of pride, and this sin permeates our lives, affecting us and those around us. There are many damaging sins that yeast pictures in the Bible: hypocrisy, wickedness, malice and even false teaching. Jesus warned His students to "be on your guard against the yeast" of the Jewish religious leaders of His day (Matthew 16:11).
But Jesus Christ wants to deliver us from the leaven of sin. Only He can "set us free" and cause us to happily be "slaves of righteousness," unburdened by the grip of sin in our lives.
Insight: God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him." (Andrew Murray)
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