The 2 most relevant key verses are Exodus 12:15 and 13:7, let's take a very close look at these verses in Aramaic Hebrew and also in Greek (Paleo-Hebrew).
(KJV: Babylonian Assyrian Aramaic) Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread (H4682 matzot/matstsah); even the first day ye shall put away leaven (H7603 seor) out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread (chametz H2557 Food leavened by seor) from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
(AOB: Greek Paleo-Hebrew) Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread (G106 azumos. Gen. 19:3 Matt. 26:17), and from the first day you shall have utterly removed leaven (G2219 zyme/zume = enzymes for the purpose of rising bread/grains. Matt. 13:33; 1 Cor. 5:6-8 Gal. 5:9) from your houses.
From the first day until the seventh day, whoever shall eat leaven (G2219 zyme/zume/enzymes for the purpose of rising bread), that soul shall be utterly destroyed from Jesrael.
(KJV: Babylonian Assyrian Aramaic) Unleavened bread (H4682 matzot/matstsah) shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread (H2557 chametz) be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven (H7603 seor) seen with thee in all thy quarters.
(AOB: Greek Paleo-Hebrew) Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread (G106 azumos. Exo.12:15). Nothing leavened (G2220.1 Exo. 12:19-20 Lev. 2:11 Breads/grains leavened by enzymes) shall be seen with you, neither shall you have leaven (G2219 zyme/zume/enzymes for the purpose of rising bread. Exo.12:15) in all your boundaries (property lines).
Let's study the Greeks words shown in Exodus chapters 12 and 13. These would be the words in the Greek Septuagint which is the translation of the bible used by Jesus and the apostles. The Alpha & Omega Bible is an English translation of it. The below numbers are reference numbers used in "Strong's Concordance" which is a dictionary of the entire bible.
There are enzymes in every living thing, even inside our own body! If we take it literal and legalistically, we would have to remove from our house even our own bodies and our family and all pets and animals and also all plants and all foods. Therefore, it can not really mean that we must remove everything that contains enzymes, as that would be impossible to observe.
So what/which enzymes is the bible really talking about? From the context of the scriptures, we see that it's talking about enzymes that makes bread rise. It's important to notice the spiritual symbolism of the bread as well as the historical context. Let's first take a look at the historical context.
Exodus 12:39 (KJV) And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared (cooked) for themselves any victual (food).
The above bible verse shows that the Israelites were thrown out of Egypt very quickly, so they did not have time to leaven their dough. Therefore, the historical context of "unleavened" in Exodus 12-13 is bread. Almost all bible translations include the word "bread" in many of the verses in relation to the unleavened requirements. The enzymes that the bible is talking about is sour dough "starter dough" that they would have used to add to each day's new bread.
However, today we can buy powdered yeast which contains enzymes that can be used to rise bread. If we use it to rise bread, then it's the same concept. Also, if we use eggs to make the bread rise, it's also the same concept. Sour dough, yeast, eggs, baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), baking powder, vinegar, wine, beer, mayonnaise, yogurt, any of these things can be used to make bread rise, and they all contain enzymes. Bread without any added enzymes can also rise on its own if the flour is allowed to sit mixed with water for longer than 18 minutes. Therefore, what is forbidden during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), is leavened (rised/risen/fluffed up) bread, regardless of what would be used in the recipe.
Matt. 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven G2219 of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Matt. 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven G2219 of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven G2219 of the Pharisees, and of the leaven G2219 of Herod.
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven G2219 of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
John 6:35 (KJV) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV) Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore 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.
Gal. 5:9 (KJV) A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (dough).
We see from the above verses that leavening/yeast/enzymes is used as a symbolism for sin. This is because sin inflates (puffs up, fluffs up, increases) the carnal sinful self. Sin exalts the self and your own will over and above God's will. In contrast, Jesus is the bread of life which gives us the nourishment of eternal life. Eating unleavened bread for 7 days starting at Passover communion, reminds us that Jesus is the bread of life without sin and that we must receive Him into ourselves and eventually become sinless like Him. It's a lifelong process, but the bible promises us that nothing is impossible to us (Matt.17:10), and instructs us that we must become holy (1 Peter 1:16) and without sin (1 John 3:9 Matt.5:48) in order to enter the fullness of The Kingdom.
But what about in relation to food? Any time and every time in the entire bible where leaven/leavening/enzymes is used in connection to food, it's always in relation to bread or grains. Never just eating eggs alone, or soup, milk, yogurt or cheese or anything else. It's always bread/grains when speaking of food. I am confident that the ancient Israelites knew how to attain milk, yogurt and cheese, all of which contain fermenting enzymes. Yet the bible never refers to unleavened milk, unleavened yogurt or unleavened cheese.
What about eggs? When you fry an egg, there are gases released that cause the egg to fluff up and rise. But the bible never mentions unleavened eggs. Yet it is possible to have unleavened eggs. Science shows that when you boil an egg, it does not release air bubbles and gases to fluff up the egg, but rather, the heat only turns the egg into a solid. So a boiled egg is not leavened, but a fried egg is leavened. As a side note, mayonnaise would also contain leavened eggs, as it's made from whipped/fluffed eggs. But the bible never mentions abstaining from fried eggs or leavened eggs of any kind.
What about rice and beans? During Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, many people abstain from rice and beans because it seems fluffed up to them. But actually, I believe that they are only swelled up with water, not actually aired up. Plus, again, the leavening in the bible is always in relationship to bread grains, never to eggs, milk, rice, beans, etc.
What about oatmeal? Many people also abstain from oatmeal. But I believe it to be similar to rice and beans, in that it's only swelled up with water, not fluffed up with air. Also, it's not being eaten as a bread unless it's bread made from oats. So you do not need to fast from oatmeal during the feast days except only when you are fasting from all foods on The Day of Atonement.
The above verse shows that during the Old Covenant, wine was commanded to be part of an offering made to God which was to be offered on the day that the sheaf of the first fruits was waved, which was during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. All wine contains live enzymes which has caused the sugars to turn into alcohol. Yet instead of the wine being forbidden during the Feast/Fiest of Unleavened Bread, it was actually commanded, even as Jesus also taught New Covenant Christians to drink wine as an offering to Him on every Passover until He comes again.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Despite popular false doctrines, the above verses do not command us to take communion often. Nor does it allow us to do so. But rather it says "as often as ye", not "do this often". There's a big difference. I take communion as often as once per year on every Passover until He comes. That's not often. To take communion more often is to cheapen the communion and make it as just another meal. It's holy and should be treated as such. I've had people try to tell me that they always take it serious even though they take communion weekly. That's impossible and they are liars! Passover communion should be very seriously prepared for in advance by several weeks, not just one week after the last time. The other verses in 1 Corinthians tell us to examine ourselves and to also judge the other members of the body (congregation). It warns that some people have gotten sick or even died because they did not take it serious enough and took it in an unworthy manner.
Alcohol, especially wine, is a very important part of the observance of Unleavened Bread. It should be real wine (unless you are an alcoholic). It shouldn't be just grape juice unless you are a little child playing a game, pretending to serve Jesus. The verses in 1 Corinthians reveal that it was truly real wine.
Wine contains fermenting enzymes and can be used to make bread rise. Yet, wine, beer and other alcohol is allowed during the fiesta, and even commanded. So very clearly, the only things forbidden during the fiesta is leavened bread and anything that we would normally use only exclusively for that purpose. So if we have baking soda that we normally use only for making bread rise, then we should remove it from our homes before Passover evening. We can keep it if that specific box is normally used only for cleaning or other use. We can keep eggs as long as we do not add it to grains. We can eat scrambled eggs although it's fluffed up, it's not bread and therefore it's allowed. We can continue to keep and eat mayonnaise, yogurt, milk, cheese, vinegar, beer, etc. even though they are full of enzymes, unless mixed with a grain, they are not leavened breads.
You can eat anything you want during Passover and the 7 Days of Unleavened bread except breads, cakes, cereals and crackers that have leavening ingredients. Also abstain from anything else that lists ingredients of both a leavening agent + wheat, corn or other grain. You can eat soup and other products that contain "yeast" or other leavening agents, as long as the product does not also contain a bread grain such as wheat or barley.
Corn is a bread grain. Therefore, if you have popcorn that is already popped, that bread grain has been fluffed up with air. The corn was at one time a living thing, and therefore the kernels of corn contains enzymes. Inside each kernel of popcorn is a tiny droplet of water surrounded by a hard shell called a hull. As the popcorn is heated, the water turns into steam, which builds pressure inside the kernel. When the hull can no longer contain the pressure, the kernel explodes and becomes what we know as popcorn. Because corn is an ingredient in many bread type products such as taco shells and burrito shells, and because the popcorn results in a fluffed up food product, I believe that popcorn that has been popped is a leavened bread product and the tiny drop of water was the leavening agent. In fact, I discovered just now, that some people even make "popcorn bread". I believe, just to be on the safe side, when in doubt, don't eat it. But if the pop corn seeds are not popped yet, there's nothing leavened about it, and does not contain a leavening ingredient and so it's acceptable to have in the house.
Another exception would be during a disease epidemic. During an epidemic, we might be in quarantine, or otherwise unable to take our supplies to the storage unit or friend's or relative's house. Or we might need to save our money instead of paying for a storage unit. God understands our needs. He understands that we must save supplies for the future and that special situations can occur.
I believe that it's fully acceptable to keep leavening in your home in the above special situations but you must not eat the leavening during these holy days.
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