Morris calls his son in NY and says, "Benny, I have something to tell you. However, I don't want to discuss it. I'm merely telling you because you're my oldest child, and I thought you ought to know. I've made up my mind, I'm divorcing Mama." The son is shocked, and asks his father to tell him what happened. "I don't want to get into it. My mind is made up." "But Dad, you just can't decide to divorce Mama just like that after 54 years together. What happened?" "It's too painful to talk about it. I only called because you're my son, and I thought you should know. I really don't want to get into it anymore than this. You can call your sister and tell her. It will spare me the pain." "But where's Mama? Can I talk to her?" "No, I don't want you to say anything to her about it. I haven't told her yet. Believe me it hasn't been easy. I've agonized over it for several days, and I've finally come to a decision. I have an appointment with the lawyer the day after tomorrow." "Dad, don't do anything rash. I'm going to take the first flight down. Promise me that you won't do anything until I get there." "Well, all right, I promise. Next week is Passover. I'll hold off seeing the lawyer until after the Seder. Call your sister in NJ and break the news to her. I just can't bear to talk about it anymore." A half hour later, Morris receives a call from his daughter who tells him that she and her brother were able to get tickets and that they and the children will be arriving in Florida the day after tomorrow. "Benny told me that you don't want to talk about it on the telephone, but promise me that you won't do anything until we both get there." Morris promises. After hanging up from his daughter, Morris turns to his wife and says, "Well, it worked this time, but what are we going to do, to get them to come down next year?"The Feast of Unleavened Bread is the fifteenth day of the first month, which is the day following Passover. It is a seven-day festival to the Lord. For the next seven days, God forbade the people to have any leavened bread in their houses. Prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the Prophets (Amos 3:7). From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish Feasts of Leviticus 23. Passover pictures the first major step in God's plan of salvation, justification through the forgiveness of sin by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Days of Unleavened Bread explain and memorialize the second major step in salvation, sanctification. When God sanctifies us, He separates us for holy use. After cleansing us at Passover, He sets us apart and considers us to be holy. The problem is, though, that our human nature remains intact and resists holiness.
The feast of Unleavened Bread relates time of Jesus' burial, after His perfect, sinless sacrifice on the cross, during which He was received by God the Father as holy and complete (the Holy One who would not see corruption, Acts 2:27), perfectly accomplishing our salvation.We may regard the burial (or actually, entombment) of Jesus as a small thing in God's redemptive plan; but it was an essential part of Paul's gospel: For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.(1 Corinthians 15:3-4).Psa 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.Psa 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Psa 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.
The primary theme of this feast is the purging out of leaven (sin). people had to leave in great haste. There was no time to prepare the bread and wait for it to rise, so they took the dough in its 'unleavened' state. In remembrance of this, (and because Elohim would later use it to teach believers about life and sin), the Biblical story tells us that for a period of seven days, there was to be nothing eaten which contained leaven. Why are there seven days of Unleavened Bread but only one day of Passover, Pentecost, Trumpets and Atonement? Exodus 12:19; Hebrews 12:1; I Corinthians 9:27;10:12-13; Romans 7:14-25...the process of sanctification and the example of the doctor/mother who is able to administer in grace and healing (ME Cherian).Those acts that are God's responsibility—the sacrifice of one for all sin, the sending of His Spirit, the resurrection of the dead or the binding of Satan—shows how gently He deals with us...example.
Though this verse is in reference to manna – Jesus presents Himself as the Bread without leaven.Perfect life and without sin.Ps16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.Ps16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.Symbolism: it is not in eating the bread that the priest provides but in putting your faith in Christ.Psa 34:8O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.What does Jesus mean by "eating" His flesh and "drinking" His blood? HE IS NOT SPEAKING LITERALLY! In (Jn. 6:63) He clearly says, "The flesh profiteth nothing." What gives life? "It is the SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH" (Jn. 6:63), "THE WORDS that I speak unto you, THEY are Spirit and they are life."In other words, a person eats Christ's flesh and drinks His blood - that is, partakes of Christ and receives Him - by receiving THE WORD as taught by THE SPIRIT.
When Jesus compared Himself to bread, He must have had the entire bread making process in mind. Before you can have bread there must be grain.A. The seed was planted. (Jn. 1:1,14; 1 Pet. 1:23; Lk. 1:35)B. The seed sprouted. (Isa. 53:2; Lk. 2:40,52)C. The seed bore fruit. (Lk. 24:19)D. The fruit is cut down. (Isa. 53:8)E. The grain is ground. (Isa. 52:14; 1 Pet. 2:21-24; 1 Sam. 53:4,5)F. The flour is baked. (Acts 2:27,31)G. Life giving substance is the result. (Heb. 2:10; 1 Jn. 5:11,12)
Jesus and Jesus alone can give you life...taking away the sentence of death. Partaking in Him gives you life.
Matthew 23;3 Jesus tells the multitude and His disciples: “the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All whatsoever they bid you observe, observe and do; but” He adds, “do not ye after their works for they say and do not”. In effect, Jesus tells them in Luke 12;1, “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy.”
In the middle of the feast of the unleavened bread is the feast of the first fruits. It represents to us the resurrection of Christ – an indication, a hope that because Christ rose from the dead, we will too as we continue. 2 Cor 7:1; 1 Cor 15:1-2.Heb 12:1-4The passover meal is always ended with a shout “next year in Jerusalem”...they did that over the past 2000 years. What a hope for Christians too – this memorial that we partake in every Sunday, next time with Him in heaven.
Feasts - Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:6-8<br />FEAST OF THEUNLEAVENED BREAD<br />Feasts of the Lord<br />
Overview Lev 23: Timelines Compared <br />FEAST OF WEEKS<br />Shavuot<br />Morrow after 7 Sabbaths.Vs.15<br />ATONEMENT<br />Yom Kippur<br />10th day of 7th month. Vs. 27.<br />UNLEAVENED BREAD<br />15th day. <br />1st month. Nisan. <br />Vs. 6<br />Jewish <br />Calendar<br />Time for Harvest<br />PASSOVER<br />14th day. 1st month. Nisan.<br />Vs. 5.<br />FIRST FRUITS<br />Day after the Sabbath after the Passover.<br />Nisan. Vs.11.<br />TRUMPETSRosh Hashanah<br />1st day of 7th month.<br />Vs. 24.<br />TABERNACLESuccoth<br />1st day of 7th month.<br />Vs. 24.<br />Living Bread saw no decay<br />Ps 16: 10<br />PENTECOST<br />Acts 2:1<br />ATONEMENT <br />for Israel. Zech 13:1<br />Church<br />Time of Harvest<br />JESUS Crucified<br />1 Cor 5:7<br />RESURRECTION<br />1 Cor 15:20<br />RAPTURE<br />1 Thess 4:16<br />MILLENNIAL REIGN<br />Amos 9:13-15<br />
Why unleavened? Meaning<br />Deut 16:3 - Left Egypt in haste- no time to leaven.<br />“Hametz”: Sour by fermentation – rottenness <br /> i.e. sin.<br />A small thing; Begins small.<br />Infects the whole dough<br />Always puffs up: 1 Cor5:12<br />The feast lasted 7 days<br />
Feast of the Unleavened Bread Historically<br />Why (Ex 12: 17, 39) – God brings them out of Egypt.<br />Where(Ex 12:15, 19: 13:7) – Not seen among you.<br />Who (Ex 13:8-9) – You and your family.<br />When (Ex 12:15) -- On the first day...<br />What (Ex 12:16) – Holy Convocation.<br />
John 6:51<br />I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.<br />(Ex 12:43-45; Jn 6:63 ; Heb 3:14-15).<br />
Making of the Bread (Matzah)<br />The seed planted. (Jn. 1:1,14; 1 Pet. 1:23)<br />The seed sprouted. (Isa. 53:2; Lk. 2:40,52)<br />The seed bore fruit. (Lk. 24:19)<br />The fruit cut down. (Isa. 53:8)<br />The grain is ground. (Isa. 52:14; 1 Pet. 2:24)<br />The flour is baked. (2 Cor 5:21)<br />Result is life. (Heb. 2:10; 1 Jn. 5:11,12)<br />
Jesus Christ, the Unleavened Bread. Ps 16:10<br />1Jn 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.<br />1Pet 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:<br />2Cor 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.<br />Heb 9:28 “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall He appear the second time apart from sin unto salvation.” <br />
Application:Types of Leaven toCleanup<br />Old Leaven (1 Cor 5:7) <br />Old life of sin.<br />Leaven of Malice & Wickedness (1Cor 5:8)<br />Attitude and the Act. Col 3:8-15; 1 Pet 2:11-12. <br />Leaven of Pharisees (Luke 12:1)<br /> Hypocrisy<br />Leaven of Herod (Mark 8:15)<br />Bad Politics. Not understanding God’s intent for His favours.<br />Leaven of Sadducees (Matt 16:6)<br />Unbelief. <br />Leaven of False Doctrine (Gal 5:9)<br />Mixing Law and Grace<br />
Lesson: Call to Purity & Persistence2 Cor 7:1<br />Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!<br /> - Heb 12:1-4. The Message.<br />