Recently, curiosity drove me to find out about making a ‘starter dough’.
Because, when I was much younger and read the story of the Exodus, it puzzled me where the people obtained ‘yeast’ after the Days of Unleavened Bread were over.
Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. Exodus 13: 7
So, to a young Scots person, whose family purchased lovely, (old-fashioned) bread from the bakery, this was a complete mystery.
If they had no yeast – or leaven, when they left Egypt, how could they get it again? There were no bakeries in the wilderness.
It was one of those puzzles that I put ‘on the back-burner’… and in this case forgot about. Occasionally, over the years, I would hear something about it in a sermon, but basically remained mystified.
Recently, it came to mind again – perhaps because of the time of year. So, I went searching.
In the time of the Israelites leaving Egypt, just as there were no local bakeries, there was no commercially produced yeast. Logical, but I had never thought of it before. From what I read, bread made with ‘wild yeast’ is vastly superior to bread made with commercial yeast.
Wow… surely that must be complicated!
No, not really…
To make a batch of leavened bread all I would need is some flour, water, and time. I discovered that if I mix together ordinary flour (unleavened) and water, after a few days bubbles will start to form. The next bit is what I found interesting. It has to be ‘fed’ with more flour and water over several days.
Do you know what this made me think of?
Like the ‘wild yeast’, sin is all around us.
What would happen if we didn’t feed it? What if we prayed about it instead?
Sin comes in many forms… simple examples could be gossip (that certainly is easily fed), petty theft – taking pens or notebooks from work – a common practice in some parts of the world. Then there are the various ‘lust’ sins… I could go on, but all of us can ‘fill in the blanks’.
Food for thought, but not for leaven,