“These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their Appointed Times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’” (Lev 23:4-8)
Passover/Unleavened Bread commemorates God’s deliverance of the children of Israel as slaves out of Egypt. The LORD YHWH sent Moses to confront Pharaoh of Egypt with the message “let my people go” accompanied with signs, wonders, miracles, and a series of plagues to confirm His will. However, Pharaoh continually refused, so after the 9th plague, the LORD YHWH told His people to kill a lamb “without blemish” (Ex12:5) and to cover the lintels and doorposts of their homes with the blood of the unblemished lamb. “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Ex 12:12-13) That night at midnight, the LORD YHWH struck down all the firstborn in Egypt – including Pharaoh’s own son – but He “passed over” the homes that had the lamb’s blood applied to the door frames as He had instructed. Finally, Pharaoh let the Israelites go. This was the final plague that delivered the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.
Because of this, the LORD YHWH declared; “this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 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. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.” (Ex 12:14-17)
Yeshua (Jesus), lived a perfect and sinless life, and has provided us the way to salvation. He showed loving kindness to those in need, and boldly challenged the false teachings of the prevailing religious authorities that ultimately collaborated with the political authorities to crucify Him on Passover. Through the shedding of His blood on this exact Appointed Time, He became our ultimate Passover sacrifice and “the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
He was buried during Unleavened Bread, without the “yeast” of sin in His life. Once we accept His blood for salvation, we must also die to our flesh, and remove the leaven of sin and hypocrisy from our lives.
This was the exact message Yeshua came with, it was the message of repentance for the remission of sins; “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)
We must repent of our sin (turn away from it). That is not merely feeling bad about it; it is dying to the flesh (our sinful ways) and living by the Spirit. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom 8:1)
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal 5:16)
We see how important it is not to walk in the lust of our flesh. In 1 Corinthians chapter 5 we see Paul giving a harsh rebuke because there was sexual immorality among the body of believers that wasn’t being addressed. He tells them to “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 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.” (1 Cor 5:5-8)
This is a serious matter! Just like Paul confirms, we should indeed keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, remove the leaven of sin from our lives, and walk according to the Spirit with our fellow brothers and sisters as a new “unleavened lump”.
Ideas on Celebrating These Appointed Times
You can follow this guide HERE…or read below for a summary.
Have a special “Passover” meal together that includes unleavened bread, (the evening of Passover is Day 1 of Unleavened Bread), and go over the Passover account in Exodus 12 and explore the many beautiful ways on how Yeshua fulfilled it.
Gain a new appreciation of the very high cost of our salvation by reading the gospel accounts of Yeshua’s death and burial as well as prophetic scriptures such as Psalm 22 & Isaiah 52:13-53:12 which were written over 700 years before Yeshua’s life on earth and provide very specific details surrounding these events. Read Acts 8:26-40 to see how Phillip used the Isaiah 53 passage to preach about Yeshua.
During Passover, as we break the bread that represents His body and drink of the cup that represents His blood of the renewed covenant, which was shed for many; let us remember the great sacrifice of our Eternal Lamb of God by praising and glorifying Him for what He has done for us.
Day 1 and Day 7 of Unleavened Bread are “Holy Convocations” so we hope you can plan to set these days apart and gather together with believers for a time of worship, study, and fellowship.
In accordance with the Scripture, you may also want to make preparations for this time by removing leaven/yeast from your home. You will especially enjoy the fruits of “spring cleaning” your home. Get the kids involved to make sure every last crumb has been accounted for while teaching them the spiritual significance of this activity. This may seem strange at first but it’s amazing what can happen in the spiritual realm when we do things in the physical. Let’s keep in mind that the act of physically removing the yeast from our homes doesn’t change us inwardly. We need to make sure that our removing the physical leaven is an outward sign of an inward reality. While removing the leaven/yeast from our houses, we need to dig deep and seek the Father as we actively look for and eliminate any “spiritual leaven”, that is “sin” and “false teaching” from our lives. (Matthew 16:12)
Let’s remember what a heavy price Yeshua had to pay in order to legally rescue us from death caused by the well-earned wages of our sin. It’s hard to imagine how it must have crushed YHWH’s heart to stand by and witness the relentless beatings that His precious Lamb unjustly bore on our behalf. The humiliation, mockery, torture, and eventual grueling murder of a humble man who set out to teach us how to live a sinless life in honor of the Creator, rather than living under the immense burdens of man-made traditions heaped upon us by the “religious authorities” of His day.
And let us also remember YHWH’s great mercy in the Old Testament. He heard His children’s cries and delivered them by His mighty hand and outstretched arm, bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of bondage. Every plague leading up to their freedom was a direct strike against each of the Egyptian pagan “gods”. Our Creator wants us to tell the story of the plagues so that we can have strength in knowing that our God is the God above all other “gods” and no other “god” can compare. He is the one that will fight for us and there is nothing too big that He cannot handle! We also see that when He got to His final plague it took faith, action and obedience from His children to be spared.
What was that faith, action and obedience? They had to trust what He said and be obedient by applying the blood of a perfect, unblemished lamb to the lintel and doorposts of their doors in order to spare their firstborn.
This is the same for us today; we have a free will choice to have faith to listen and obey our Creator, to accept Yeshua as our Lord and Savior and to apply His blood to our hearts and minds so that we too can die to our flesh daily, having no leaven of malice or wickedness but only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. It’s through faith in Him and accepting His free gift that saves us and sets us free from bondage; and teaches us how to stay free from that bondage through His Word and by His Spirit.
Through this journey, YHWH also wants us to know that there may be times when our world seems like it is closing in on us and we feel like there is no way out. He wants us to know that He is with us, He is faithful and He is the one that can and will part the seas for us!
And every spring, He wants us to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and share the incredible account of the deliverance from Egypt and His ultimate salvation through the blood of Yeshua with our family, friends, and neighbors.
The plagues of Exodus are very similar to those associated with the seals, trumpets, and bowls of wrath described in the book of Revelation. He wants us to hear this story over and over again so that when these days arrive, we will not fear but trust that He will provide a “Goshen-like” shelter just like He did for the ancient Israelites in Egypt. And if we face persecution or even death because of our keeping the commandments of God and the testimony of Yeshua (Rev. 12:17, 14:12), we can be secure in knowing the blood of our Eternal Lamb of God has overcome the power of the grave, and gives us the promise of eternal life with Him. HalleluYah!!!