Feast of Unleavened Bread  Nisan 15

         Exodus 12:15-20; 15"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and {another} holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall also observe the {Feast of} Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. 18 In the first {month,} on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether {he is} an alien or a native of the land. 20 'You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread."

        Passover and the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread overlap. Passover is on the 15th of Nisan with the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread beginning at nightfall on the 15th of Nisan. While the scriptures show that the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread are an independent festival, mondern observance has combined the two feasts into one eight-day festival called 'Pesach', or Passover.

Further, scripture tells us why we are to celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread:

Deut 16:3 "You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt".

        Notice three things from the Exodus scriptures above: 1)The Unleavend Bread week begins and ends with a shabbat; 2) no leaven is to be eaten; 3) unleavened bread MUST be eaten everyday of that week.

        Following Yeshua...Celebrating the Feasts of Adonai
Subtitle: A Dinner Table Guide for the Festivals by Pari Johnson.

Updated December 2010, the 3rd edition contains a new section: nightly readings for the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Available at Amazon.com where you can peak inside the book.
If possible, I suggest ordering enough copies so everyone around your table can have their own book from which to read.

         As you celebrate and walk through this week of Unleavened Bread, you will gain new insights, just like I did. For one thing, you will be amazed at how many foods have leaven, specifically yeast, in them. That is a good picture of sin. Sin hides in our lives in many ways.

I want to share this Devotional Reading for Nisan 17 out of The Voice of the Lord: Messianic Jewish Daily Devotional

“Let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover chameytz…but with the matzah of purity and truth” (1Cor 5:8)

Spring cleaning! It is a busy time of the year. Yet it seems that this much-needed chore is actually the idea of God himself! Every year at this time, we are told in the Torah (Bible) to clean out the Chameytz (leaven) from our dwelling places as we commemorate Passover (Exod 12:15)

Why bother? The word chameytz can actually be translated as “decay”, “corruption” or just plan “sour”. Because of this description, we can see many spiritual lessons in the removal of chameytz at Passover. It is actually symbolic of a bigger problem---sin. Indeed, our transgressions decay our existence, taking us away from God’s perfect plan for our lives. Chameytz also reminds us that a corruption may set in if we choose our own ways instead of the abundant life which Yeshua offers. Because it is sour, chameytz represents what sin does to us: it can turn us into sour, bitter people!

By contrast, Matzah (unleavened bread) can also be translated “sweet”. Our people were told to replace the chameytz with pure, unleavened matzah. How true it is that when sin is removed from our lives, the sweetness of God’s blessings can take over! As we eat the matzah during the eight days of Passover, may we know afresh the sweetness of our walk with Yeshua.

Personal Application: Today I will strive to clean out any spiritual chameytz—those sinful habits--- and let the sweetness of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) show forth for those around me.

Reprinted from The Voice of the Lord, copyright 1998 by David J. Rudolph. Nisan 17, contributed by Barney Kasdan. Published by Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net. Used by permission.




Counting of the Omer ~ Begins tomorrow ~ Nisan 16