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FRESH INSIGHT ON THE FEASTS

October 3, 2015

Saturday

 

Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

Leviticus 23:6-8

 

And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

 

 

LESSON

 

The feast of Unleavened bread began on the 15th of Nisan, which was the day following Passover, and continued for seven days until the 21st of Nisan. The first and last days of this 7 day feast were identified as “holy convocations” or High Sabbaths, devoted to rest and worship. The day prior to a High Sabbath was commonly known as a preparation day which meant the Passover on the 14th of Nisan, was also the preparation day for the “High Sabbath” on the 15th.

God commanded the Israelites to avoid eating any leavened foods (food that contained any fermenting product such as yeast or baking powder) during this festival, reflecting the fact that the Israelites had no time to put leaven in their bread before their hasty departure from Egypt.

The Passover was not so much the remembrance of Israel’s bondage as of Israel’s deliverance from that bondage, and the bread which had originally been that of affliction, because that of haste, now became, as it were, the bread of a new state of existence. “God requires his people to preserve their spiritual heritage through the commemoration of their redemption and the life of purity to follow.

 

Memory Verse: Exodus 5:1

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