The Seven Feasts of the Lord are not food feasts. They are holy convocations, appointed times, dress rehersals. For 1500 years the Jews killed the passover lambs. Finally, the day came. Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God died at the same time as the other 250,000 lambs died– all were slain at the 12th hour. God planned it that way.
The Feast of Unleaved Bread begins the 2nd day of Passover and last 7 days. “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread”. This Holy Convocation is about removing the “leaven” or sin from our lives. This is a time of cleansing every aspect of one’s life. The unleavened bread that is to be eaten during this time has groves and small holes which represent the stripes and piercing of our Lord on that dreadful day.
This Feast celebrates Israel being delivered from bondage in Egypt. Lev.23:6. A morning and evening sacrifice was offered. Only unleaven bread is eaten. Exodus 12:19 states the seriousness of the commandment from God. “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in 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 leaveneth 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. Therefore, any and all sin is to be confessed and put out of one’s life.
The 1st and 7th day like a Sabbath everyone rested with the exception of those preparing the food. The 2nd day a barley sheaf of the new harvest was symbolically waived before the Lord. (First Fruits). 1 Corinthians 5:7-8. Paul referred to the Passover and Unleaven Bread. “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and ickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
From a “New Testament” propective, we MUST know and understand the Feasts of the Lord. We must take time to “purge our leaven”. We must attend churches that teach and celebrate the Feasts not Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. In America we teach our kids this Pagan Worship from what age 2. And often they actually go to Easter egg hunts, Halloween and Christmas parties at church. 2012 – Make it a year of change. We will provide many resources at the end of this 7-part study.