Exodus 13:7-8 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And no leavened bread shall be seen among you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your quarters. And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’
Holiness. Consecration. Beautiful words that are too rarely spoken of. Perhaps they seem too old fashioned. Out of date. But this is what our verses paint a picture of. Leaven represents sin, and part of the celebration of Passover was the removal of leaven from the home. As the Passover tradition was passed down to the younger generation, the removal of leaven was explained – “it’s because of what the Lord did for me.”
I have known people who lived a holy life because they are extremely disciplined and orderly people and such a lifestyle appeals to them. I have known others who lived a holy life because they were afraid that God would reject them if they didn’t. But the motivation that we are pointed to is something totally different. Gratitude. Holiness is the proper response from the heart grateful for God’s deliverance.
Such a heart, when tempted with sin, prefers that their flesh forego the desired pleasure rather than participate in anything that would hurt the heart of God. This person remembers regularly the various Egypts they have been brought out of by the strong hand of the Lord. Nothing matters except living to please Him. They live a life wholly grateful. And holy grateful.