The Seven Mayor Jewish Feasts and Jesus Part Two


Unleavened Bread

6 The Festival of Unleavened Bread to the Lord is on the fifteenth day of the same month. For seven days, you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you are to hold a sacred assembly; you are not to do any daily work. 8 You are to present a fire offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day, there will be a sacred assembly; you must not do any daily work.”

Unleavened Bread is celebrated on Nisan the fifteen until Nisan 21. Usually celebrates in March or April on Gregorian Calendar.

While Passover is celebrated at the twilight on the fourteenth day of Nissan and lasts for seven days. However, even thou the feasts unleavened bread is celebrated during the Passover week, and generally mistaken for Passover. However it another feasts.    

In Exodus 12; 14-20 states, “You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day, you must remove yeast from your houses. Whoever eats what is leavened from the first day through the seventh day must be cut off from Israel. 16 You are to hold a sacred assembly on the first day and another sacred assembly on the seventh day. No work may be done on those days except for preparing what people need to eat—you may do only that. 17 “You are to observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread because on this very day I brought your divisions out of the “ of Egypt. You must observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent statute. 18 You are to eat unleavened bread in the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day of the month until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 Yeast must not be found in your houses for seven days. If anyone eats something leavened that person, whether a foreign resident, or native of the land, must be cut off from the community of Israel. 20 Do not eat anything leavened; eat unleavened bread in all your homes.”

Why Is the feast of unleavened important to the Jewish and Christian communities ?

According to the Hebrew lexicon, the term “unleavened bread” is derived from the word matzoh, which means “bread or cake without leaven.” The lexicon also states that matzoh is in turn from a word which means “to drain out or suck out

First unleavened bread reflected the fact that the Israelites had no time to put leaven in their bread before their hasty departure from Egypt; it was also apparently connected to the barley harvest (Leviticus 23:4-14).

Yeasts also represent sin. In the Bible, leaven is usually symbolic of sin. Like leaven which permeates the whole lump of dough, sin will spread in a person, a church, or a nation; eventually, overwhelming and bringing its participants into its bondage and eventually to death. 

When you put a little yeast in flour and water, it grows – multiplies with each warm second they remain together. For anyone who has worked with whole wheat, they can attest to the fact they once the yeast is added, there is no way to get it back out. 

This leaven of sin, though small in size, was dangerous, because it could spread through the church. Like cancer, sin demands drastic surgery. 5:6 Like a tiny pinch of leaven spreading through a loaf of bread, unchallenged sin can soon contaminate the whole church. Jewish people were required to sweep all leaven out of their houses in preparation for the Passover (Ex. 12:15). The leaven here symbolizes the powerful influence of sin. Matthew Henry Commentaries That no leaven should be found in their houses, Exodus. 12:19.

Because of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, sin had the chance to enter the originally perfect world. When Adam and Eve fell into sin by disobeying God Since mankind is now born into a sinful world and no matter what we do growing up, there isn’t a thing we can do to get all of the sin out of us. We may be able to convince other humans we are “squeaky-clean,” but not God. He knows our born-in-sin-nature, completely.

Jewish people were required to sweep all leaven out of their houses in preparation for the Passover (Ex. 12:15). The leaven here symbolizes the powerful influence of sin.

A common Jewish tradition in preparing for the Feast of Unleavened Bread is to sprinkle leavened (yeast) bread crumbs throughout the house and then subsequently sweep them all up and collectively burn them outside. You might be asking yourself, Why would they do this? Well, in the Bible, leaven symbolizes error or evil. It is the substance that causes fermentation.…-wait-isn%27t-it-passover%3F;_ylt=A0LEVvztuwBZWWEAKSYnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?qid=20080821215909AAGzPrB;_ylt=A0LEVvztuwBZWWEAKyYnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?qid=20070913194259AAtvgjP 

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 Jesus was born in Bethlehem meaning house of bread Jesus declared to Israelite, “Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you t he true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

I am {LORD} the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst … I am {Yahweh}  the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die 

“I am {I AM that I AM}… the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world … This is the bread which came down rom heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:27-58).

If yeast represent sin since sin impossible clean out. Since God even told us what the yeast represents sin. Because, Adam and Eve we are now born into a sinful world and no matter what we do growing up, there isn’t a thing we can do to get all of the sin out of us. 

However, Jesus is unleavened bread of life or living bread. The unleavened bread speaks of the total sinlessness of Jesus Christ. Do you realise that if Jesus had committed but one sin then He could not have been the sacrifice for our sin? It was a lamb without defect that was sacrificed at Passover, and it was bread without leaven that was eaten at the feast of unleavened bread. When you think of all the different ways that a person gets led into sin, it is incredible that our Saviour lived HIs whole life without failing once! But that is what He did. The Bible record is clear on this: ‘You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. (1 John 3:5) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Did not Jesus tell us that He is the true bread? He is the unleavened bread on whom we should feed.

  Matthew Henry Commentaries That no leaven should be found in their houses, Exodus. 12:19. All the old leaven of sin must be put far from us, with the utmost caution and abhorrence, if we would keep the feast of a holy life to the honour of Christ. It was by an ordinance forever (Exodus. 12:17); as long as we live, we must continue feeding upon Christ and rejoicing in him, always making thankfully mentions of the great things he has done for us.

If you are trying to clean your house of all yeast you will realize just how tediously impossible that idea is, on your own. No matter how I sweep or dust, yeast is in the air; hence, how it lands on grape leaves, it always finds it’s way back into the home. 


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