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Biblical Recipe Ingredients Every Christian Should Know About
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Throughout the old testament we read about several different feasts that were set aside as Holy days. The Biblical Feast days include:
- The Sabbath day
- Feast of Passover
- Feast of Unleavened Bread
- First Fruits
Each feast within the scriptures contain special instructions, which I believe tie into spiritual precepts. For example, the "feast of unleavened bread," ties directly to what Jesus said about leaven. "A little leaven leavens the whole lump." The feast of unleavened bread represents purging out the old worldly leaven.
We consume what we hear and what we see. As we study the scriptures, we are in essence, consuming it. Leaven would include anything outside of God's instruction, or using ingredients that are not part of the original recipe. If the recipe states:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
That is the main ingredient. If we bring something outside of that into the mix, or anything that is not contained in God's preserved instruction, the entire recipe will be ruined. We can't mix things into God's unadulterated word.
In the book of Revelation there is a passage that speaks of us feasting with Jesus.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
With the promise contained in the above verse, Jesus stated, "I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." This is a sure and true promise, When we accept Jesus into our hearts, and seek Him with all our hearts mind and strength, He is with us as we consume His word. We can even ask questions and then wait for the answers.
If we are seated at the Lord's table, it is not acceptable that we bring in substances of the world. We are to lay all of our things down and come to the table as little children ready to be taught by our Lord and Savior.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 1 Peter 2:2
The above verse is one of the the main ingredient of the recipe. There are no replacement or substitution ingredients. It is a step in our walk that simply cannot be removed or overlooked. Without this ingredient the finished product will not resemble the original plan.
Leavened and unleavened bread within the scriptures
Within the Biblical principles that involve leaven and unleavened bread, it is important to consider how natural leaven works.
Leaven is a substance (usually yeast) that is added to dough that causes it to ferment and rise.
Jesus spoke about the different types of leaven, and even told us where this type of leaven is located, so that we can avoid it.
- In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Luke 12:1
The leaven Jesus spoke of in the above verse is "hypocrisy." Jesus even told us who, at that time, had this type of leaven, "the Pharisees."
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. Mark 8:15
In the above passage, Jesus again addressed the leaven of the Pharisees, and He expanded the the warning to include the "leaven of Herod."
To understand this type of leaven, one must look at some of the characteristics of Herod.
Herod was unfaithful:
For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Mark 6:18
Herod was prideful :
And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. Acts 12:21-23
All glory belongs to God and to Him alone. Pride cannot be on the hearts of anyone seated at the Lord's table. The Apostle Paul explained this when he said:
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 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: 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. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
When we turn to Jesus, old things must pass away, and all things must become new. Paul told the Corinth's "purge out the old leaven that you may become a new lump." He included that the old leaven should be replaced with sincerity and truth. This type of sincerely rids us of old things, so that when we come to the Master Chef we will be ready to receive the the very best ingredients. The quality of ingredients that He gives us can only produce the highest quality of bread.
In the old testament, there is one mention that involves offering leavened bread.
Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. Leviticus 7:13
When the old, worldly leaven is removed, at this point, and only at this point, is the dough prepared for the best ingredients.
Jesus gave us a clear example of this:
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Matthew 13:33
Unleavened bread is generally flat breads like crackers that do not rise. Whereas bread that is leavened produces soft breads that rise to make things like dinner rolls and cakes.
The bread that Jesus described in the parable of the woman who took leaven and hid it in three measures until the whole was leavened speaks to removing the old leaven, and receiving the truth in Christ. We must understand that leavened bread is made from dough that has risen. "The woman took leavened bread and hid it in three measures."
When the old leaven is purged, we come before the Lord like unleavened flat-bread. Jesus is the good leaven that rises up in our hearts. This is the heavenly resurrection bread that those in Christ are promised.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 6:39
The world is filled with leaven. We are in the world but not of the world but not of the world. All natural leaven must go. Once it is all purged we are in a sense, like flatbread, emptied out of all the things that rise up against all that is good and right.
Jesus fills us with the heavenly things that cause us to rise up into Kingdom principles.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6
Food on the Table
Two Kinds of Tables
The Lord's table is set with only the highest quality of foods. We need to make sure that we are seated at His table and not some defiled or counterfeit table. God's word describes these types of tables.
He even teaches us proper table etiquette along with manners that are acceptable at His table. He also gives us descriptions of the things that are not acceptable so that we can be sure that we don't bring these types of things to His table.
Coming together to eat the Lords Supper:
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 1 Corinthians 11:20-22
Before Paul made the above statement, he talked about how there were divisions among them. They were not of the same mind. God does not teach or feed His children contradictory principles or poor quality food. He did give us examples of the things we should not eat, along with examples of attitudes present at a counterfeit table, so that we can avoid these types of foods and not sit at these types of tables.
There is a very interesting point that the Apostle Paul made in the verses before he spoke about how they were eating together. This point is one that everyone should take note of.
For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 1 Corinthians 11:19
God tests and proves us. There are examples of this throughout the scriptures.
Here is one example:
Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. Exodus 16:4
God tests us to see if we will abide in Him or not, just as He did with the Hebrew people in the wilderness. We know this is true because God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The statement that Paul made involved believing God above all else. Paul said that, "there must be heresies among you." Those who are approved will always speak according to God's word, and others will hear it because they also study to show themselves approved, and hear God's voice in all that is spoken regarding His word.
We have to be aware of this counterfeit food. Paul told the Corinth's to be aware, and explained to them the reason that these things would be among the members of the church. Those who stay true to God and His word are approved.
Paul also made the statement about which cup we drink from, and which table we are seated at.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 1 Corinthians 10:21
In Christ we all have access to the Holy of Holies, where we can seek God through prayerful study of His word. We can ask questions as we continue to grow and mature in His instruction. We should never compromise the table in which we, as members of the body of Christ, are seated.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
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