Building of the household
The next occurrence of bet-lechem is in the Judges – but the narative of scripture does not leave a gap in this great theme! the allegory continues in the corn of Egypt and it’s symbolic journey to become the loaf at Sini. From Joseph’s vision of the 12 sheaves bowing themselves before him, fulfilled in their bowing before him as the second in power over Egypt. After planting their sheaves in the land of Goshan, became fruitful and multiplied, until… “Joseph (the increaser, Yahweh prophetically) gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number” (Gen 41:49)
Come with me to Exodus 12:15, where the analogy continues with the Passover Lamb and the feast of seven days of Unleavened bread,
Exod 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
No better explanation of the purpose of this feast can be found than the words of the spirit through Paul to the Corinthians.
1Cor 5:7 – 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:
:8 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.
Through the sacrifice of Christ, as our passover lamb we can now leave the bondage of Egyptian darkness. And start our journey though the wilderness, Midbar מדבר, a place of thinking.