One more Unleavened Bread lesson!

While this could probably be added as an edit to my previous post about lessons during deleavening, it is really a post-deleavening lesson, so I will make it a separate entry…

My children (who seem to be paying more attention this year) have been remarking frequently how good all this unleavened stuff tastes.  In particular, they were impressed when Mom made unleavened pancakes.  Now, my wife’s pancakes are normally very good, anyway (in my opinion, at least, and I’m the one she works to please!), and she doesn’t do anything “special” to turn them into unleavened pancakes.  She simply uses her usual recipe but leaves out the leavening agents.

Well, my kids thought the unleavened, flatter-than-usual pancakes were fantastic and liked them even better than the usual leavened variety.  And I have to admit, they were pretty good.  All of this brought to my mind a neat little verse:

“Oh, taste, and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

Psalm 34:8

I hope that sometime during these last few “days of flat stuff” that we have left, you, too, will taste some particularly delectable unleavened treat and think to yourself, “Oh, taste, and see that the LORD is good!”

Have a great Sabbath!

7 thoughts on “One more Unleavened Bread lesson!

  1. william henry wilson

    With you on ‘the flatter than usual’ pancakes!

    Dittos at this end!

    Youngest daughter, Bonnie-Jean, whipped some up to take home and I wasn’t able to get them as far as the griddle to reheat ‘em before I had eaten the lot!

  2. It occurred to me the other day that you never hear Church of God members long for an additional seven days of Unleavened Bread — you know, the way some do in the fall for an extra week of Tabernacles.

    I wonder why that is….?

  3. Howdy, Richard —

    You know, I haven’t either! At least not the New Testament Church of God. The Old Testament Church of God did at least once (2 Chr. 30:21-23). As meaningful as the Feast of Unleavened Bread is, the element of Psalm 133:1 that is so wonderfully present at the Feast of Tabernacles (“how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”) is probably part of the reason for that.

    Have a great Last Day of Unleavened Bread!

    Best regards,
    Wallace Smith

  4. Deano

    LOL … I remember Mr. Ogwyn saying that about the Fast just before the Feast. People are pumped about the Feast but it seems the Fast is kind of hard for people to be pumped about.

  5. Dear Mr. Smith (et al.),

    Between what you and Richard say and my own observations, it’s evident that the (modern) Church of God doesn’t keep Passover/Unleavened Bread and Pentecost on the same “mental level” as it does Tabernacles. The problem is, IT SHOULD. These three are set apart from the other “appointed times” in that they are “pilgrim feasts” — which implies more than the fact that one goes to a central location to keep them, as we will see. But the idea is, everyone should be gathered together “where the LORD chooses to put His name” during all three of these Festivals. Originally in the OT-COG, people kept all three at one place. Originally in the Radio COG, if memory serves, people kept all three at one place also. It’s our loss that we don’t have such physical togetherness now (however practical the reasons may be), because it makes the spiritual unity that God wants for us harder to attain.

    I don’t believe our lack of longing for extensions to Unleavened Bread has a thing to do with unleavened bread somehow being distasteful, unless people really are letting their carnal natures get in the way. Now I do have a “bias”; I LIKE unleavened bread. 🙂 Whole-wheat matzos with raw honey taste like one biblical description of manna. 🙂 Besides, unleavened bread was commonly made fresh and served to guests — even angels — so how bad can it be if it’s made properly? On the other hand, this year I’ve been so deep in what this Festival involves that I wouldn’t mind an extra seven days to help the lessons sink in — all the more because my preoccupation with service (on the last day alone, three musical performances plus a sermonette!) has greatly added to the “Psalm 133” aspect of this Festival for me. How much more so, were we both able and willing to gather together on this Festival and Pentecost as we do on Tabernacles. We need to work extra hard, and have extra grace too, in order to get around the handicaps that our circumstances impose.

    Incidentally, the New BDBG Lexicon points out that in antiquity, the three pilgrim festivals were celebrated with processions and dancing — even the technical name for their genre of festival [*chag* or (חג)] points to this. How the NTBMO was observed in antiquity relates to this subject, but as I’m preparing something “official” to submit to Mr. Ames on the matter, I will leave off here.

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  7. Thanks so much! We are observing ‘Days of unleavened bread’ and every Thursday night is Pancake night. I was wondering how I was going to make unleavened pancakes…lol…now I know lol without the leaven.
    YahChna in TN

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