“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven” John 6:51 (NASB)
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The Feast Of Unleavened Bread – Fulfilled In Jesus
The Feast of Passover began on Friday, April 22, at Sundown, and continued until Saturday, April 23, at sundown. The Feast Of Unleavened Bread immediately followed Passover and will last until sundown on Saturday, April 30. The last day of Unleavened Bread has already begun in most parts of our world, with the arrival of Sundown on Friday, April 29. Jews were directed by God, as the command was given through Moses, to observe a sacred assembly, beginning at sundown on the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is Friday, April 29, this year. See Leviticus 23:5-6, Exodus 12:15-20, and Leviticus 27:34. Leviticus 27:34 shows that God gave the commandment to the Jews, and only to the Jews, to keep these feasts. But, please let me say from personal experience that, by participating in the observance of the feasts, a rich blessing is received and experienced. (In this blog, there are posts that are dated April 13, 18, 22 2016 that discuss Passover)
Leviticus 23:5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 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.”
Exodus 12:15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. 20 You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.
The teaching of the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread is important for Christians to understand. It is important for Christians to understand the feasts in order for them to engage Jews in conversation about matters of God’s Holy Word. Remember to pray for God’s chosen people, who are the Jews, per Psalm 122:6. The Passover/Unleavened Bread account of scripture is clearly about Israel, God, and the oppressive Leader of Egypt. No other tribes, or nations of people, are a part of this significant part in the history of God’s Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6), who brought the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus into the world (John 4:22) as the Savior for those who would receive Him (John 1:12-13).
Consider the scriptures that show that Jesus has fulfilled the Law and the Feasts. But, remember also, that God gave the Law and the Feasts to the Jews, and, therefore (the Law and the feasts), should be given great respect. It is significant to know that the feasts and the Law were fulfilled when Jesus was crucified during Passover. The time of the feasts of “Passover and Unleavened Bread’ is often referred to as “Passover.”
Consider the words of Jesus: “I will fulfill the law.”
Matthew 5:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
17 “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Consider the words of Jesus: He fulfilled the Law.
John 19:30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Consider the Law, and that God gave the Law to Israel, and to no other nation, nations, group or groups of people.
Leviticus 27:34 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
34 These are the commandments which the Lord commanded Moses for the sons of Israel at Mount Sinai.
In the 23rd Chapter of Leviticus (below), there is a discussion on the Holy Days that God gave to the Israelites, and to no one else. Still, non-Jews should honor God’s Holy Days, teach them, and learn from them. Jews celebrate Passover as a reminder of when God delivered Israel from the oppression of Egypt. God’s plan of salvation for mankind, from the oppression of sin, was completed during Passover when Jesus was crucified.
The Feast Of Unleavened Bread, The Sabbath, and The Law are special in relationship between God and the Jews. Non-Jews benefit from respecting those, and other, “God-Jew” intimacies of relationship, such as the Jews being delivered from the oppressive Leader of Egypt.
The following link, leads to a discussion of The Feast Of Unleavened Bread. It is provided by The Christian Broadcasting Network.
The activities of Friday, April 29, are provided in the following outline that is provided by Chabad.org
April 29—21 Nissan
7th day of Passover—Shevi’i Shel Pesach
Morning service. Half-Hallel is recited. Two Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark.
Torah reading: Exodus 13:17–15:26 and Numbers 28:19–25.
Haftorah: II Samuel 22:1–51.
The priests bless the congregation with the priestly blessing during the Musaf prayer.
Festive lunch meal.
Evening prayers. After the Amidah, count the 7th day of the Omer.
Light candles for the 8th day of Passover before sunset, using an existing flame, and recite blessing 3. Click here for the blessing, and here for local candle-lighting times.
Festive holiday meal, complete with the holiday and Shabbat kiddush.
Yeast relates to sin. In Yeshua/Jesus, there is no sin. Consider the words of Yeshua/Jesus, as they relate to “no sin” in Him, and our being a part of His sinlessness and eternal life through belief in Him.
John 6:47-51 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
Consider the need for the yeast/sin of our lives to be removed. Such an act can only be accomplished by God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).
The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (NASB)
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 (NASB)
“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NASB)
If the yeast/sin has not been removed from our spirits, we will not dwell within the Spirit of God, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and God will not dwell within our spirits.
Consider Jesus Fulfilling the Feasts And The Law.
Jesus fulfilled the feasts and the law. Consider the door that leads to Jesus.
John 10:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture.
Consider the feasts of the Lord that were fulfilled in Jesus.
The Feasts Of The Lord: The Passover: Christ Our Redeemer: Leviticus 23:4-5. Fulfilled in death of Christ: 2 Cor 5:7.
The Feasts Of The Lord: Unleavened Bread: Leviticus 23:6-8. Fulfilled in the sinlesssness of Christ: 1 Cor 5:8.
The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex 23:14-17) 1. Unleavened Bread. 2. Pentecost. 3. Tabernacles. (Leviticus 23 MacArthur Study Bible Note,Jewish Feasts)..
Consider The Feast Days/Holy Days Of God, in that they were given by God to only the Jews.
Following the verses of Leviticus Chapter 23, there are key comments that are provided by the MacArthur Study Bible (everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible).
Leviticus 23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) (A sampling of Chapter 23 is provided)
1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: These are My appointed times, the times of the Lord that you will proclaim as sacred assemblies.
3 “Work may be done for six days, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord wherever you live.
4 “These are the Lord’s appointed times, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.
5 The Passover to the Lord comes in the first month, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the month. 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.”
44 So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.
Feast of Month on Jewish Calendar Day Corresponding Month References
Passover Nisan 14 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:1-14;Matt. 26:17-20
*Unleavened Bread Nisan 15-21 Mar.-Apr. Ex. 12:15-20
Firstfruits Nisan 16 Mar.-Apr. Lev. 23:9-14
or Sivan 6 May-June Num. 28:26
*Pentecost (Harvest or Weeks) Sivan 6 (50 days after May-June Deut. 16:9-12; Acts 2:1 barley harvest)
Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah Tishri 1, 2 Sept.-Oct. Num. 29:1-6
Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur Tishri 10 Sept.-Oct. Lev. 23:26-32; Heb. 9:7
*Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering) Tishri 15-21 Sept.-Oct. Neh. 8:13-18; John 7:2
Dedication (Lights), Hanukkah Chislev 25 (8 days) Nov.-Dec. John 10:22
Purim (Lots) Adar 14, 15 Feb.-Mar. Esth. 9:18-32
*The three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Ex. 23:14-19).
Christ Fulfills The Feasts
The Feasts (Lev. 23) Christ’s Fulfillment
Passover (March/April) Death of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7)
Unleavened Bread (March/April) Sinlessness of Christ (1 Cor. 5:8) (See note on Lev 23:2)
Firstfruits (March/April) Resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:23)
Pentecost (May/June) Outpouring of Spirit of Christ (Acts 1:5;2:4)
Trumpets (Sept./Oct.) Israel’s Regathering by Christ (Matt. 24:31)
Atonement (Sept./Oct.) Substitutionary Sacrifice by Christ (Rom. 11:26)
Tabernacles (Sept./Oct.) Rest and Reunion with Christ (Zech. 14:16-19)
MacArthur Study Bible Notes
23:1—24:9 The special feasts of Israel are explained. Cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Num. 28:1–29:40; Deut. 16:1–17.
23:1–44 This section points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath (v. 3), the feasts are given in the order of the calendar (vv. 4–44).
23:2 proclaim to be holy convocations. These festivals did not involve gatherings of all Israel in every case. Only the feasts of 1) Unleavened Bread; 2) Weeks; and 3) Tabernacles required that all males gather in Jerusalem (cf. Ex. 23:14–17; Deut. 16:16, 17).
23:3 Sabbath of solemn rest. The Mosaic ordinance of the fourth commandment came first (cf. Gen. 2:1–3; Ex. 20:8–11).
23:4–22 Three events were commemorated in Mar./Apr.: 1) Passover on the 14th (v. 5); 2) Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th-21st (vv. 6–8); and Feast of Firstfruits on the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread week (vv. 9–14).
23:5 the Lord’s Passover. The festival commemorated God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt (cf. Ex. 12:1–14, 43–49; Num. 28:16; Deut. 16:1, 2).
23:6–8 Feast of Unleavened Bread. This festival connected with the Passover, commemorated Israel’s hurried departure from Egypt and the associated hardships (cf. Ex. 12:15–20;13:3–10; Num. 28:17–25; Deut. 16:3–8).
The following video discusses the “unleavened bread of Jesus.”
John Chapter 6