Restoring the Bride of Messiah

FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD – HAG HAMATZAH

THE HISTORICAL ASPECT OF THE FEAST

Leviticus 23:6-8 On the fifteenth day of that month [Nisan] YHWH’s Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present an offering made to YHWH by fire. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’

The first and seventh days of the feast were declared “Sabbaths” by YHWH.

During their first walk of faith, as a nation, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Since leaven is a symbol for sin and evil, the people of Israel were told not to eat any bread with leaven in it for the seven days following the Feast of Passover. This was to symbolize a holy walk with YHWH during that time.

Sometimes confused with Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is directly linked to the Passover yet is actually a feast on its own. The Feast of Unleavened Bread occurs simultaneously with Passover. It begins the day after Passover, and lasts for seven days. Because they are so closely related in time and purpose, the names are often interchangeable. Its historical fulfillment was the removal of leaven from the homes of the congregation of Israel in preparation for their flight from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land. The day of Passover is called the “Day of Preparation” when the house is cleaned of all leaven and the Passover sacrifice is prepared. This day is also sometimes referred to as the first day of the feast of unleavened bread.

Exodus 12:17-20Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

THE FACTS ABOUT THE FEAST

This festival recalled the need and urgency of Elohim's people to leave Egypt.

• After Elohim's hand of judgment fell, events moved rapidly.
and get rid of them.

• In fact, the Israelites were forced to leave so quickly that they had no time to adequately prepare.

• They did not even have time to let their dough rise; they had no time to put yeast or leaven in their bread.

• They were forced to take unleavened bread.

• There was the need and the urgency to get out of Egypt immediately.

• This is a symbol of a believer's need and urgency to be freed from the world.

The festival was to begin on the day after Passover.

• For seven days the people were to eat unleavened bread, bread made without any yeast whatsoever.

• They were to assemble or gather together on the first day of worship.

• They were to do no regular work on that day. It was a special Sabbath.

• The people were to approach Elohim for atonement on each of the seven days, for reconciliation and forgiveness of sins.

• Scripture tells us elsewhere that the offerings were to be a Burnt Offering and a Sin Offering.

• The people were to assemble on the seventh day for worship.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread paints a picture for the believer in Messiah. It symbolizes the need and urgency for the believer to be freed from the world and its enslavement to sin and death.

THE PROPHETIC PICTURE DEPICTED IN THIS FEAST

The Feast of Unleavened Bread relates to the time of Yahushua’ burial, after His perfect, sinless sacrifice on the cross, during which time He was received by Elohim the Father as holy and complete (the Holy One who would not see decay, Acts 2:27), perfectly accomplishing our salvation.

Acts 2:27 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

The Passover pictures salvation, deliverance, and redemption

The underlying theme of this festival/feast is freedom. Freedom from bondage in Mitzrayim/Egypt/the world and freedom from the penalties of sin are celebrated. The bread eaten during this time is called Matzah which is where this Holy Festival gets its name. Matzah or Matzot is a flat bread made without adding leavening which would be yeast or baking powder... any substance that makes the bread rise. It is also called the "bread of affliction." Matzah only contains pure flour and water. Yeast, which sours the dough, cannot be used because leaven is an analogy of sin. Bread made without leaven shows us that Messiah was without sin as he commenced his ministry, and when he was placed on the cross!

Leviticus 2:11 “‘Every grain offering you bring to YHWH must be made without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in an offering made to YHWH by fire.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

The Hebrew word used for leavening in Scripture is Chametz. It literally means 'sour'. It is that essence by which things decay. It is a fermentation process - a process of death.

Romans 5:12 (NKJV) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

During this festival it is remembered how, during the Exodus, the Israelites left Mitzrayim/Egypt in haste with their kneading troughs on their backs. Due to the haste of their departure their unbaked bread would not have had time to rise.

It is impossible to walk with a holy Elohim with sin in our lives! It is for this reason that we had to be redeemed by Yahushua Messiah. As the Scriptures state, it is necessary to, “Purge out...the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Messiah, our Passover, is sacrificed for us”.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Messiah, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

The believer’s walk, as a member of the called-out assembly known today as “the Church” begins with Yahushua Messiah. “The Bread of Life” is what Yahushua called Himself. He is the “unleavened bread” of whom we must partake so that we also will have no leaven found in us as we walk in Him.

John 6:35 Then Yahushua declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

The Festival of Unleavened Bread pictures the immediate need and urgency to begin the march to the Promised Land. Several Scriptures speak of the urgency for deliverance.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek YHWH while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of Elohim’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

1 Corinthians 7:29a What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
  

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