Paul's message seems to be telling us to 'get rid of the leaven', and for sure to get rid of all malice and wickedness.
In Egypt they were DESPERATE for bread after the seven years of good harvest
had ended and the seven years of famine began. Joseph was put in charge of that 'desperate'
bread' and scripture records that he "gathered corn as the sand of the sea" - Gen41:49, so we
can say that was the CORNBREAD period!
A famine of corn in Canaan was the reason Jacob sent his sons down into Egypt, but it was curious why he told them to take along honey, spices, and almonds as a present -- didn't the famine effect those items too? Gen43:11
Other kinds of bread recorded in the Old Testament included the "bread of sorrow" - Ps127:2, the "bread of affliction" - 1Kings22:27, and the "bread of adversity" - Isa30:20. When Ruth gleaned "ears of corn" in the cornfield of Boaz, that "Redeemer" saw to it that she even had some dropped on purpose for her. That was over three millenniums ago, but now our Redeemer (Jesus) opens up the Bread of Life, his Word, when we spend time in meditation and prayer.
Bakery bread is different from poetic or figurative bread -- Right ??
For sandwiches and toast, it's the leavened bread which expands and rises that tastes so light and airy. Jesus said"Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees", and so we certainly don't want to leaven our bread with that wicked leaven, do we? Instead of flour, maybe we should use the Rose of Sharon?
"Hallowed Bread" was another name for the Hot Bread and the "Shewbread" which was reserved for the priests in the tabernacle. 1Sam21:6. Like this 'internet-bread', hot off the press, for the kings and priests of this generation. Hallelujah!
The Prophet Daniel fasted "pleasant bread", Dan10:3, as well as flesh and wine, for a period of three weeks. Not exactly the Atkins or South Beach Diet, was it?
It was Moses who guided the "Children" in the wilderness -- they were led by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and they probably wondered where they were being led to.... Right ??
Once a year they were required to eat UNLEAVENED BREAD, but the rest of the time they were in the wilderness they ate the Manna from
heaven (Manna in Hebrew means "What is it?") They 'wondered' what it all meant, so I call it the WONDERBREAD period!
"What did it all mean?", they wondered, when the Bread from Heaven, the Manna, came down every night so they could gather it every morning except on the Sabbath. They could bake it or boil it, and it was said to taste like wafers made with honey. They wondered and wondered.
DOUBLE BREAD and 6th Day Bread! "See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day". Ex16:29.
Different bread, AGAIN! . . .
Years later a babe was born in Bethlehem (means "House of Bread") and grew up to speak of praying about "Our Daily Bread". In time (in John's Gospel) He announced that He was the True Bread and the Living Bread - John 6:32.
What kind of bread should we be?
We're going to rise and meet Him in the air (1Thes4:16) so, of course, that makes us RAISIN-BREAD!
But only if you're leavened with the love of Christ, Col 1:27 -- otherwise you'll be like the Old Testament bread that DIDN'T rise. CORNBREAD, WONDERBREAD, & RAISINBREAD are like watershed events in the three dispensations of the Bible.
Hidden Leaven! "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened". Mt13:33.More?