The Feast of Unleavened Bread
The Passover cleanses the bride. Then follows the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a feast of purification of the bride. She must learn to come out of sin and all aspects of falseness. It’s one thing to have the blood of the Lamb spread on your doorpost to free you from Egyptian (sin’s) bondage. It’s quite another to walk free of sin and put on Jesus’ righteousness, represented by eating unleavened bread for seven days. Blessing that bread without leaven (leaven depicts sin) every day of the feast in communion, along with the wine blessed as the blood of Jesus, brings home the lesson that we need to depend on Jesus’ righteousness to be the Pentecost first fruits and persevere to the time pictured by Trumpets — the marriage to Jesus.
God gave us this time of eating unleavened bread so we could refocus our priorities back to Jesus and the Kingdom of God.
The first Day of Unleavened Bread is the day of the new man. The Book of Hebrews is written with these days in mind, and God encourages us by declaring that He accepts us as His beloved children as He accepted Jesus (Heb. 1:5).
How do we keep this feast? First of all, we need to either make or obtain some unleavened bread. Unleavened bread is to be eaten beginning on sunset the evening of the first day of the feast, the day after the evening Passover service, until the end of the feast. Using flour without yeast or any leavening agent, you can make the unleavened bread. Flat breads that do not have leavening agents such as bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, or yeast, can sometimes be obtained at grocery stores. Jewish matzos are also available at some stores during this period.
The only commanded assemblies required are on the holy days during the feast, the first day, the weekly Sabbath that becomes a high day of celebration, and the last holy day. Ideally, we celebrate with group meetings every day. However, the main thing is to keep the holy days holy by not working and to have some form of personal celebration each day of the feast. It’s a time for extra Bible study, meditation on the Word, prayer, and songs of praise and worship.
As we eat some unleavened bread daily, at a minimum taking communion daily, we can thank God that He has given us the gift of Jesus’ righteousness and His resurrected life in us, which the weekly Sabbath during the feast specifically celebrates. That is the day Jesus arose, of which the pagan Easter is a counterfeit. Rejoice that He is risen and lives in you.
If you are alone to celebrate, you are pleasing God by your observance of the feast. Pray, however, for believers to come in agreement with you, since where only two or three are gathered, Jesus is among you to have a true church service, especially on His holy days. You might want to read aloud the Book of Hebrews, since this book is ideal to read for this feast. Be sure to read the part of Leviticus 23 that commands these feasts. I Corinthians 5:7-8 is a New Testament that enjoins the observance of Passover and Unleavened Bread, as well a passing reference in Acts 20:6.
This feast is a time of self-examination to find sin in our lives so as to release it to Jesus, yet much more a time of celebration of the freedom from sin by the power of God in us. Jesus is the personification of grace. He is the empowerment inside us that enables us to be over-comers. This feast is the celebration of Jesus as our Deliverer. It was on the last holy day that Jesus opened the Red Sea and brought the believers out of the reach of the Egyptians, a symbol of sin and the world of sin around us.
The first night of the feast is called in Exodus 12:42 a “Night to be much observed or remembered.” That’s why Freedom Church of God has adopted the godly tradition of celebrating with a festive meal in members’ homes. Members extend hospitality to each other on that night for a family-type celebration to begin the feast in a rejoicing mode. It is the night that Israel came out of Egypt, so we begin the celebration of coming out of the slavery of sin.
This feast evokes many themes too numerous to mention here. We suggest you look into our search engine or the A-Z topics page for related sermons, especially those listed under sin, grace, pride, forgiveness, and trauma. The second day of Unleavened Bread is the second most anointed time after Atonement to receive freedom from trauma through the trauma communion available on our web site.
Remember that our Father of mercies meets us where we are. Ask for His help to keep the best feast you are able to keep at this juncture in your walk with Jesus. He will bless you for your obedience.