WHY THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD?
WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION BETWEEN PASSOVER AND FEAST OF UNLEAVENED
BREAD, AND WHY ARE WE COMMANDED TO EAT UNLEAVENED BREAD FOR 7 DAYS FOLLOWING
Q & A : Here are some questions asked about the Feast of Unleavened Bread in regard to why we are to avoid leavening, why do we eat unleavened bread for 7 days, and is the Feast of Unleavened Bread a different Feast following the day of God's Passover?
QUESTION: What are we to think of when we eat unleavened bread during the 7 days of Unleavened Bread?
ANSWER: The 7 days of eating unleavened bread begins with the 1st day evening, the Night to Much Observed, the 15th of the first month, Hebrew calendar, and this night is to be remembered because of Israel's being freed from the bondage and slavery of sin by God's Mighty Hand. This is to be a reminder to all, that sins that go unchecked and that are not overcome will bring the same results, slavery and bondage to sin, as the Israelites expierenced for 430 years. Each day and each meal of the rest of this week, as one eats unleavened bread, should serve as a continual reminder that sin puffs up a person or a church, and works much like leavening puffs up bread. Sin will spread in a person and a church and a nation like the effects of leavening in bread whereas, it will eventually overwhelm and completely bring its participants into total submission, to its bondage, slavery and eventually the participant's death. The wages of sin is death, which is God's judgment for sin, and this is the reason that Christ died to provide a way out of this judgment for sin if man will repent of his sins, accept Christ as his Passover, and change his heart and conform his life to what God commands.
Whenever a little bit of sin in a person or a church is permitted, looked over, and compromised, this sin works much like leaven in bread--it will eventually leaven the whole lump, leaven the whole church, leaven the whole world. This permitted sin will involve and entice other sins to be committed, and will eventually draw a person or church completely outside of the will and favor or grace of our Father, and our Savior, Jesus Christ, causing that person to be cut off from our merciful Savior and loving Father. This tolerance for sin and not taking the meaning of these days seriously results in divisions, splits, and various church congregations in conflict all professing to be the churches of God. Paul gives this example of how the leavening of sin works in a person and a church, I Cor. 5:1-13.
Sin like leaven, puffs up a person, causing that person or church not to think about his life, becomes self-righteous about seeing his sins, proud about his life in the faith and in the church, spiritually rich, and becomes unable to see his sins without a severe trial or tribulation coming upon his life to awaken him. The GREAT TRIBULATION will provide such a trial, and bring all the sins of the churches of God and all professing Christian churches up before their eyes and hearts, and reveal and expose to them that they had not been taking these Days of Unleavened Bread seriously as it pertains to the fleshly way of life that they have been living and pursuing.
Also, even as important, unleavened bread that one eats during those days, should remind every person the need of taking Jesus Christ into one's life. The more a person comes to see this through the power of His Spirit, will help a person overcome the temptations that will prevent the leavening of sin to be established, or permitting it to take up residence in a person or a church of Jesus Christ. Having Christ and His unleavened life of no sin to live in us creates a heart within us where we will not tolerate sin, which is breaking God's commandments. In other words the 10 commandments are written in our heart by Christ living in us. Christ's way of life, His way of thinking and living is to be our life through the power of the Holy Spirit, John 17:21-26. Christ's life was a life of love, and that love, which was based on God's law, must be in our life if we are to inherit God's Kingdom. Every true saint must come to the place that he, like Christ, abhors sin, and the leavening effect that sin brings upon a person's life. This should be our thoughts during the Days of eating Unleavened Bread.
QUESTION: Is the association of eating the unleavened bread and the spiritual meaning that it represents, to be something that a Christian should be aware of each and every meal?
ANSWER: Yes, you are now asking the question that pertains to the purpose of the Days of Unleavened Bread. Each meal during the days of Unleavened Bread aids us as a reminder in fulfilling this week of intense training, through fervent Bible study about sin, and just how it like leavening works, and a fervent study about God's commandments, and what those commandments involve in our thoughts and behavior. This is to be coupled with fervent prayer, and meditating on these lessons that all of Christ followers and disciples should take very seriously if they want to complete their training to be a King and Priest in God's Kingdom. Why, because the lessons that believers are to learn during these days are to be lessons that they will keep and be written in their heart the rest of the year, and their life. So, to the degree of our understanding, and our spiritual growth that we make during this week presents an opportunity that is so vital to us about the relationship of becoming perfect without spot (sin) or wrinkle (sin) to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. This is the spiritual meaning we are to be aware of at each meal, or certainly during this week.
QUESTION: What are the things, ideas, motives, principles and feelings that unleavened bread symbolizes?
ANSWER: "Things" would be the bread without leavening, and its symbolical meaning as it pertains to the spiritual understanding and meaning of just how sin works like leavening, and that knowledge and understanding is what ever believer must come to possess as part of his internal, new, spiritual heart, and to know how this pertains to him in order for him to grow spiritually.
"Ideas" is understanding God's Plan through His Holy Days, which the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a vital part, and by His Plan which will give you ideas of spiritual thought, and a plan for your life that will help you to grow as He intended for you to do, and fulfill your purpose for being created.
"Motives" would pertain to one's heart and what he is entertaining in his heart as it pertains to sin and righteousness, and the motivation and conviction of the heart as one is being led by God's Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God in us should motivate your heart to do, to say, to think spiritual lessons, and to overcome one's sins and all seducing temptations of sin.
"Principles" would be the law of God, His Ten Commandments, that one must be keeping and which teach us the greatest principle--love, love to God, and love to our brethren and neighbor. God's 10 great principles, which are His commandments, is the foundation for building the Love of God in our life, and without this we are nothing, I Cor. 13: 1-3. These commandments are what constitutes sin when they are broken, and sins that we are learning to avoid and to overcome its temptations by the symbolic lessons of avoiding leavening these days.
"Feelings" are the good feelings that come from the peace of mind, the joy, the satisfaction we attain when we are doing what God's commands of us, and knowing what we are doing, is His will. The feelings of a temporary joy or happiness that sin and the leavening of sin tries to provide, is no comparsion to the feelings we have and do receive from obeying God and doing his work. It is the feelings of the satisfaction that comes from knowing and doing what God commands us to do, overcoming Satan, the world and our own fleshly pursuits in order to be kings and priests in His Kingdom, Rev. 2:26, Rev. 5:10.These are the feelings that inspires God's saints to overcome the temptations of sin and to endure to the end. The leavening of sin can prevent these good feelings and these days of Unleavened Bread can help us to know our enemy-sin and just how it works. These are 5 good points that were brought up in this question that all the followers of Jesus and His saints need to consider during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
QUESTION: As part of the culture of the Christian observance of the Days of Unleavened Bread, should we focus on eating the unleavened bread as a social event or family event?
ANSWER: First, and foremost it should be an individual, personal event, because it involves working out one's own personal salvation, and secondly, it should be a family and church event in as much as brethren of likeminds, hearts and spirit are keeping the feast with this understanding in their hearts, minds and life. Thirdly, it should be social in as much as we set that example of purpose to our community and the world--that God's Feasts have great purpose, direction and answers to life's problems and you, as His disciple are fulfilling His purpose in your life.
QUESTION: Is the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread the same event or what is the difference? Are they 2 different observances to be observed differently?
ANSWER: God says in Lev. 23: 5--In the 14th day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. Verse 6--And on the 15th day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord seven days you must eat unleavened bread. God here makes it plain these are 2 different events and 2 different observances, even though in some places in God's Word the whole 8 days are referred to as the time of the Passover. Some try to combine both events in one 7 day observance, and one meaning by dropping the 14th day, and by this, are taking away from God's Word, and not really understanding what really took place on the 14th with Jesus Christ our Passover.
These people try support this by quoting Ezek. 45:21-- In the first month in the 14th day of the month, you shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. In some verses of the God's Word, words have been inserted in Bible verses by the translators to make the passage more clear, and this is a case where word or words could have been added by italicizing the added word showing it had been added for clarity, but it was not done here in this verse as they have done so in many other places throughout the Bible. However, and nonetheless this verse is not contradicting the one given in Lev. 23. This verse is saying you are to observe the Passover on the 14th day, followed with 7days of Unleavened Bread in which unleavened bread is to be eaten. One day represents how a way was made for us to be forgiven of our sins and the second event, God Feast of Unleavened Bread teaches us about sin, how it multiplies, and what we must do daily by eating of His Word in order to stay free of sin.
Why did God command this to be so, because these are 2 different events with different meanings? The Passover provides for a service and day to be remembered by Christ's chosen one to give witness in faith of the death and sacrifice of Him as the Passover lamb, whereas man can be forgiven and justified of his sins, through His death and sacrifice. This Passover day and service is to be followed with 7 days, as a second event that provides for a way whereby man can learn how sin works, and what he must do to keep free from sins and overcome his sins through the symbolic lessons learned through these days. Also, one learns he must have Christ living in him through His Spirit and Word to overcome sin, and if one learns these valuable truths, he will not bring shame on the blood of the Lamb of God and His sacrifice, and count not the shed blood and broken body of our Savior as an unholy thing, Heb. 10:29. For greater detail of the Passover read and study our article "Which Passover Are You Keeping"
We hope these answers to these questions will be helpful to you as you keep God's Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, as you are being led to do so by the power, the calling and inspiration of God's Holy Spirit!