Feast of Unleavened Bread
God is not governed by our time, and how we observe time and count it down. God is the creator of time and He has placed us within His appointed time and keeps a close watch on what time it is.
In fact God Himself said about His creation in Gen. 1
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
The Feasts of the Lord are His appointed times and convocations for a purpose.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
We come now to the second of Israel’s seven feasts. You will recall that the first four, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost are Springtime feasts, and these relate to Christ’s first coming, to His death, burial, resurrection and Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit.
It should be noted that Christ himself fulfilled the first four feast on the very days of the feast back in around 33-35AD
The last three are autumn feasts, Trumpets, Atonement, and tabernacles and they relate to the regathering, and restoration of Israel followed by the Millennial Reign of Christ. These are all tied in to Christ’s second coming.
So now lets consider the meaning of The Feast of the Unleavened Bread which begins the next night after the Passover and celebrates Israel being delivered from bondage in Egypt. Lev. 23:6
Exodus 12:19 states the seriousness of the commandment from God.
For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land.
Leaven is symbolic of sin and the Passover was a memorial to God’s delivering them from slavery in Egypt, but also a time of repentance and the putting away of sin. Galatians 5:9 says,
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
The picture is that of one diligently searching for and getting rid of sin even the smallest sin in one’s life. Even as a little leaven (sin) will spread within the whole lump, therefore any and all sin is to be confessed and put out of one’s life.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8. Paul referred to the Passover and Unleaven Bread.
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
The Bread is a direct reference to Christ, who is the Bread of Heaven or the Bread of Life.
God subtly emphasized this truth in choosing the spot where His Son would be born. The meaning of the name "Bethlehem" is "house of bread." A it was foretold by the prophets that the Messiah would be born in the city of David which is Bethlehem, and guess what, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Listen to what Jesus says recorded for us in John 6:48
I am 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 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.”
God fed the Israelites in the wilderness with manna and He feds those who come to Him “the bread of life.” John 6:48
The Fact that this bread is to be without Leaven shows that Christ who is the Unleaven Bread of God depicts His sinless nature....
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Unleaven bread is equal to who the Messiah would be and what He would accomplish.
It pictures the suffering of the Messiah. Isaiah 53 prophesied of the suffering of the Messiah.
The unleaven bread used in the Passover and during the feast of the Unleaven Bread is called “Matzo or Matsoh”.
Matzoh has stripes
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Matzoh has holes:
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
Matzoh has no leaven:
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Now a very interesting practice is placed within the Passover and the unleavened bread that is quite fascinating.
The bread is placed in the middle section of the linen cloth with three pockets.
Most Jews have no idea why the Matzoh Tosh (Tash) has three pockets. Some rabbis teach that these represent Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; others say they portray the unity of worship -- priests, Levites and congregation; still others say they stand for the crowns of learning, priesthood and kingship. But there's no explanation for breaking and hiding the middle one.
Now the middle matzoh is broken during the Passover, then hidden or buried. Jesus's body was broken for us, He died, and was buried. But He didn't stay dead -- He came back to life, came out of the tomb!
That is represented by bringing out that matzoh later in the ceremony. It is then broken into pieces, and passed out to each person.
And by the way, this is the exact spot during the Last Supper, when Jesus said, "This is my body which is given for you."
What this is representing involves the "bread of heaven," spoken of again in John 6:32-59.
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.