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Unleavened Bread

Greetings from Mrs I.K.Loughran to all our brothers and sisters far and near. When Passover approaches our thoughts naturally turn to the beautiful provision our heavenly Father has made for our cleansing and purification through His Son Jesus.

As we look forward to sharing in the Passover service I would like to pass on a little word to all our mothers and keepers of the home. To us falls the duty to have our homes cleansed of all that symbolises and represents sin - yeast. It is a good time to clean out the food store, to read the labels on tinned and packaged goods (it's amazing how many preparations have yeast extracts or raising agents in them). That way they can be used up long before the Passover week and prevent any waste by having to throw them out at the last minute. They should not be brought back into the house after the week of Unleavened Bread any more than false teachings or sinful habits should be re-introduced to our lives. Once out, they must stay out. Also check that your ovens or grills have had those last crumbs of bread removed before the Passover week arrives. Last of all, has your vacuum cleaner or sweeper been emptied? For even there the odd bit of yeast may lurk. It is a sacred duty to do all within your power to correctly symbolise the process of cleansing. Never look upon it as drudgery or pass the job to someone else. Just think, as you do it, of how God through His Son's blood cleanses us, (every corner, every thought, every hidden detail of our lives) and you will find great joy in serving your family thus. It is a sign of obedience:
Exodus 13:9 "And it (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) shall be for a sign upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes (the forehead) that the Lord's law may be in thy mouth."

Unleavened Bread

For those of you who would like to try making unleavened bread, here is a recipe I have tried with success. Take: Leave to rest for at least half an hour. Then take small portions (egg size) and role out thinly on a floured board to about the size of a tea plate. Place under a hot grill till the cakes blister - approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and grill the other side and they are ready to serve. If no grill is available, these can be cooked on a hot plate or frying pan. Those who are allergic to wheat flour may use other flour: rye, barley, maize, oats or millet etc. To avoid natural fermentation it is advisable to daily mix a fresh batch of dough. It is a good plan to bake something special for your family and to keep it in tins in readiness for the Passover week. Most recipe books contain ideas where yeast or baking soda is not required. Preparing in advance will ensure that the week of unleavened bread is a joy and not an ordeal for you and your family.

Do remember that the Week of Unleavened Bread (15th Abib to 21st Abib) is a symbolic picture of Yahweh putting sin out of His house (the Church) for all time. Soon He will complete this task and will totally cleanse His church (His household) of sin and falsehood. Meanwhile we display our agreement with His holy objective by performing this symbolic ceremony each year.

Passover Wine

You may purchase red wine in any wine shop in your country. If you can get hold of a bottle of Israeli red wine - so much the better. I understand that the wine industry in Israel is controlled by the rabbis. I trust that this information will help your group keep the Passover.

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Author: Mrs I K Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
Last Updated: May 1996