A spring festival. (Leviticus 23:1-2) And the LORD (Yehovah) spake unto Moses saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, (The original Israel” of God were the people of faith, who happened to also be the descendants of Abraham, but it is a very clear New Testament doctrine that the Israel of God that exists today is any soul of man who lives by faith, not just a physical descendant of Abraham) and say unto them. Concerning the feasts (festivals) of the LORD, (Yehovah) which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. (Leviticus 23:6-8) And on the fifteenth day of that same month is the feast (festival) of unleavened bread unto the LORD: (Yehovah) seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation (Let us remember that the Hebrew word behind the English words holy convocation means public rehearsal) ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD (Yehovah) seven days: In the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Less the animal sacrifices, the commandment of Yehovah stands that the household of faith is to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. It is to begin on the day after Passover, and it is to run for one week’s time. It is to begin with a Sabbath day, and end with a Sabbath day.
(Exodus 12:15) Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. To a spiritually untrained mind the words of this commandment, like the words of many of Yehovah’s commandments will seem insane. Why does Yehovah (The eternal name of God, pronounced: YeHoVah) command that for a week’s time each year the people of faith are to abstain from having yeast in their bread? In fact, the commandment is not only to abstain from the eating of leavened bread, but that all leaven is to be completely removed from the houses of the children of faith, why is this so? Tell me, why would the creator of all things care if for that week in the spring of the year the people of faith have yeast in their bread, or in their houses? What’s more, Yehovah further states that every soul that does not compile with this commandment is to be “cut off” from Israel.
It is because, in this case leaven is a picture (illustration) of sin.
- Sin separates men from God (Is. 59:1-2)
- Sin always produces death; the very wages of sin are death (Ro. 6:23)
- Sin wants to reign as a tyrant in our lives (Ro. 6:12-14)
- The Holy Spirit uses God’s word to bring conviction of sin, conviction of righteousness, and the ability to make right judgments into our lives, and convinces us of judgment to come. (Jo. 16:7-10)
Mankind Will Struggle With Sin For Seven Days – The One Week Period Of Time (Seven - one thousand year days) Allotted For Man On This Earth, After Which Sin Will For Eternity Become A Non-issue. It Will Become Non-Existent, with the exception of the Lake of Fire
I suggest to you that this commanded festival was designed in its fulfillment to primarily reflect a single very great spiritual truth, and that is that only a holy life is acceptable to Yehovah. For one week’s time yearly the people of faith are to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread by removing every bit of leaven from their homes. The seven days in this week represent the seven days (Seven thousand years) that man has been allotted to occupy this present earth. A dwelling free from leavened bread represents a life that is free from the leaven of every sort of wickedness. The people of faith are to put leaven (Wickedness of any and every sort) out of their lives. Every person who does not practice the removal of leaven from his home represents every soul of man who decidedly refuses to remove wickedness from his/her life. That person is a soul who refuses to live holy before Yehovah. That person must be cut off from the congregation of the faithful. The celebrating of this festival is a one-week rehearsal picturing the great daily drama of life in the spirit. It is Yehovah’s opportunity for each faithful person to, in a very hand’s on way, live out for a week’s time each year a rehearsal that represents this huge spiritual reality: that only a holy life is acceptable to Yehovah. He will tolerate no leaven, there is to be no sin in the camp of the faithful. If and when we sin, (For we all do) we must confess and turn from it. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 Jo. 1:8 KJV) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Prov. 28:13 KJV)
- Holiness is the target (2 Co. 7:1, Eph. 4:24, 2 Thes. 3:13, 2 Tim. 4:7, Heb. 12:14)
- Those who do not remove leaven (sin) from their lives must be cut off from the congregation of the faithful (Ex. 12:15, Ex. 30:33, Ex. 31:12-16, Lev. 17:3-4, Lev. 17:10-14, Lev. 18:29, Lev. 20:1-5, Lev. 20:6, Nu. 12:9-13, Nu.15:27-31, ---- 1 Co. 5: 1-13, 1 Co. 6:1-11, 2 Thes. 3:6-15)
(Exodus 12:16) And the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. The Festival of Unleavened Bread beginning with a Sabbath rest is illustrative of the reality that man’s existence started with a Sabbath rest. Our father Adam had perfect rest in Eden. The festival culminating with a Sabbath day illustrates the reality that man’s existence on this present earth will culminate in a Sabbath rest. This will be realized as Messiah returns to establish his reign on the earth. Both Sabbaths illustrate for us the reality that every work of man, other than the work of faith that is sponsored by the Holy Spirit (John 6:28-29) is not needed, is not wanted, and will offer zero eternal reward. Only that which is done in faith is pleasing to God. (1Co. 3:9-15, Col.3:17, 1 Co. 10:31, Lk 19:12-26) The festival beginning and ending with a Sabbath is a substantial element of the festival, and again, the Sabbaths themselves serve to rehearse the truth concerning the rest man had at the beginning of the world, and will again have at Messiah’s coming. (Is. 2:1-4, Is. 11:1-9, Ps. 72:1-20, Is. 65:17-25)
(Exodus 12:17 KJV) And ye shall observe the Feast (festival) of Unleavened Bread; for this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore, shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever. Again, Egypt is a representation of the bondage of sin that every soul of man was under until he found freedom in the salvation of Messiah. When we walk in the Spirit sin has no ability to hold us in its bondage. We who are Christians, we have been translated by Yeshua from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. We are free from sin, and we are to be holy unto Him. Therefore, it is only fitting that yearly we rehearse this truth in a very hands on manner to remind us that daily we must keep the festival, by keeping the truths of what the Festival of Unleavened Bread represents. We must live holy lives. Amen (Eph. 2:1-6)
(Exodus 23:14-15) Three times thou shalt keep a feast (festival) unto me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast (festival) of unleavened bread: thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month of Abib; (Aviv-modern pronunciation) for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:
The stipulation in Yehovah commandment is that all males shall perform the effort to congregate for the celebration of three festivals yearly: The Festival of Unleavened Bread, The Day of Pentecost, and the Festival of Tabernacles. (Ex. 32:17, Ex. 34:23, Deut. 16:16) This signifies that it is the man’s responsibility to put forth the effort to train himself concerning the Festivals of Yehovah, to attend the celebrating of them, and to train his sons to do the same. In order that he, and his sons after him might lead their families in the truth and faith of Yehovah. The male attendance being commanded does not rule out the involvement of the women folk, it only states Yehovah’s compulsion of the male attendance. For, as goes the man, so goes the family. As goes the family, so goes the Church and the community. As goes the Church and the community, so goes the nation. (Deut. 6:1-9, 2 Tim. 2:2) As in the case of the children of Israel, the modern Household of Faith ought to attend the celebration of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and when we do we should not come empty handed. (Deut. 16:16-17) This is a time to give of that which Yehovah has blessed us with. Let us take a look around us finding the fatherless, the widow, the mis-fortuned, and the Levite ministries, and then be generous to them in Yehovah’s name.
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart