The Feast of Unleavened Bread... Wait - Isn't it Passover?
By Mia Kashat
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a feast that is generally mistaken for Passover. Passover however is only one 24 hour period while Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days.
On the evening after Passover God told the Hebrew people exiting Egypt not to allow their bread to rise, but to grab everything and leave. The ancient peoples used to gather yeast on grape leaves to leaven their bread if they needed to speed up the process, but God said "Don't even let any leavening touch the dough. Just bake it and go."
In their haste they grabbed the necessities and fled toward the land God was preparing for them.
God then told them that in the future they were to commemorate this feast by getting all yeast out of the house for seven days.
On a normal Passover eve a family that celebrates the Biblical feasts will leave a bit of bread in their home in hidden places for the children to find. The children will search out the yeasty creations till they "eradicate" the yeast from the house. The family then takes what is found and burns it outside.
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.
God even told us what the yeast represented. Yeast represents sin.
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.
Because of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, sin had the chance to enter the originally perfect world. 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. We may be able to convince other humans we are "squeaky-clean", but not God. He knows our born-in-sin-nature, completely.
So as we clean out our homes of the yeast and eat Matzo, yeastless bread, we are reminded that it is a hopeless case. Just like our inability to clean out the junk in our souls/spirits. We need someone perfect to do it for us.
Matzo has a special way it is made now. It has stripes that look like bruises and is pierced thru. The Rabbi's reason for this is to make the bread cook fast, from start to finish in 18 minutes actually. Eighteen minutes is supposedly the amount of time it takes to prepare and cook it in a manor that will keep all yeast out. What they don't seem to realize is that they have created the perfect symbolism that God initiated long ago.
Jesus was beaten and bruised and pierced for our sins. He was and is the only sinless person on this planet and His body is represented by the matzo. Even in modern day Judaism they can't get away from God's plan of redemption.
We need Jesus' atoning blood to cleanse us of those sins. We have to let Him come in to live inside of us, in the form of the Holy Spirit, where He can slowly find all that yeast and "burn it up". He burns up the sin just like the families burn up the left-over yeast before these two feasts.
We need God to live this "yeastless" lifestyle. But even then it will be a daily process, because yeast/sin permeates this world.
This feast is the perfect celebration of our Savior whose body was broken for our sins. Come celebrate Him with me.
How can you celebrate this Feast?
1. This year (2013) it begins on the evening of March 27th (as Passover ends) and for the next seven days
2. Read Exodus 13:3-16, Leviticus 23:6-8, Deuteronomy 16:8 & John 6:51
3. Read The Feasts of the Lord (specifically the section on the Feast of Unleavened Bread) by Kevin Howard & Marvin Rosenthal
4. Clean out the yeast (including the yeast in seasonings and soups) from your house for these seven days.
5. Search out a Messianic Jewish Family or Bible-study (Though this Feast is really more about you and God working together.)
Copyright © 2013 Mia Kashat. Used by permission
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Mia Kashat is a Messianic aka Completed Jew and grew up celebrating all of the Biblical Feasts. She lives in the wonderfully Southern state of Georgia. Her family has a Bible-study dedicated to repairing the way between Jews and Gentiles. She is a member of the Epic Faith community in Duluth. She also spends her time ministering to girls thru teaching the Bible & dance in a mentoring fashion.
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