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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.

Passover is the feast mentioned in this verse. This annual celebration required disposing of all leaven (a yeast-like substance used in making bread) in remembrance of the Exodus. At that time, the Israelites needed to be ready to leave Egypt quickly, and only unleavened bread could be made in a short time. 

Just as Jews purified their homes every year by removing every bit of leaven, the Christian is to remove “the leaven of malice and wickedness” from thought and life—and to replace it with “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

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Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Eiselen, Frederick Carl., Edwin Lewis, and David G. Downey, eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929.

Cit. 4: Hagner, Donald Alfred. New International Biblical Commentary—Hebrews. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005.

Cit. 7: Green, Joel B., et al., eds. The CEB Study Bible. Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2013.

Cit. 9: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 11: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Mark. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Mark. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 19: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 9, Acts. Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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