Regular mousetraps can be a futile gesture in many homes as the average mouse is a pretty shrewd character (no pun intended). For the Mouse Companion however, there is another trap—sin. It may look and smell like a nice snack but it is equally deadly. Thankfully, staying alert will allow us to dodge this one too. >ᴥ<
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 New King James (NKJV)
6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
All the translations I have compared, sneak in the word “lamb,” either literally, or by implication, and then they can state that Christ is our Passover. They do this because the Greek mentions Passover and Christ in the same line and they know that Jesus was our Passover lamb. Forcing the meaning that far, however, is unsupported by the Greek. Though true, Paul is not saying that Christ is our Passover lamb, and it’s not true to say that He is our Passover: an angel did that.
Because yeast is living, it grows and spreads far further than it might be expected to, and in this metaphor, where yeast is an image of sin, we can see that very little sin in an assembly or in a believer’s heart will corrupt far more than we expect.
The point Paul is making here is that while we are initially cleansed (unleavened) by the new birth, we must maintain that position of holy sinlessness at all times by our free will, so that our hearts will always be able to benefit from Christ’s Passover sacrifice.
We choose to live a life of sinlessness by faith, with the help of the indwelling Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit—resorting to repentance only when we fall into sin against our will. Otherwise, if we welcome even a tiny sin into our lives, we die to Him spiritually.
This is what the Passover feast is all about: in those households that weren’t covered by the blood of the Lamb (the Egyptian ones), the eldest son—the heir to the estate—simply died when the angel passed over.
Though the passing of the angel happened just once for the ancient Hebrews, they had to rehearse it every year because it was going to be a permanent state for disciples of Christ. He fulfilled the meaning and purpose of the Passover and we inherit that fulfilment in Him. This means that the moment we duck out from the covering of the blood—by sinning—we lose the benefit of the Passover and die to God. Then we have to restore our relationship by repentance, and if we fail to, we are walking away from Jesus—rejecting His work on the cross for us, and throwing away our salvation.
Again, we are not literally speaking of bread here nor of feasts, but of keeping our hearts holy, sincere and sin-free at all times, because otherwise, living for God becomes impossible—there’s no such thing as a habitually sinning disciple.
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 the Mouse Companion Version (MCV)
Your boasting is not good. Haven’t you noticed it takes very little yeast to leaven all the dough? So, thoroughly cleanse out the old leaven that you may be new dough, since you are unleavened for the Passover—it was for our sake Christ was sacrificed. Consequently, we keep the feast not with the old leaven—the yeast of wickedness and depravity, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
We are called to maintain a zero tolerance position on sin, both in our own lives and in our assemblies. So next time sin looks a little tempting, remember what a dead mouse looks like, caught in a mousetrap. >ᴥ<