Rabbi Philip Lanning
1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 2:1
Just like the children of Israel, we all are on a spiritual journey from slavery to sin toward freedom and service to Adonai. We mark this journey with the Biblical observances of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Bikkurim/First Fruits, The Counting of the Omer, and Shavuot. During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the children of Israel are commanded remove all chametz/leaven from their dwellings and to eat matzah (unleavened bread) for seven days. 1 Corinthians 5 compares chametz to pride and exhorts us to remove the chametz of pride and arrogance from our hearts. At First Fruits we remember the resurrection that enables us to defeat sin. During the Omer we offer our talents and abilities to Adonai. At Shavout we recognize the supernatural power of the Ruach to empower us to be part of the harvest. On our journey we replace the bad chametz of pride and arrogance in our lives with the good chametz of confidence in the Word and the Ruach.