Monday, April 25, 2011

More on Unleavened Bread

Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter) has come and gone, and today is the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Unleavened Bread is the feast celebrated for seven days following Passover.  Yeshua (Jesus) fulfilled Passover with His sacrificial death as the Lamb of God, and He fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits with His resurrection on the first day of the week (see Leviticus 23 for more information). 

Since leaven represents sin in scripture, we are reminded that Yeshua, the Bread of Life, lived His life perfectly, without sin, and therefore fulfilled THIS feast as well.  The number seven in scripture represents completeness (ie:  the seven days of creation).  It can be said that the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread represents the rest of our lives... becoming sanctified and more like Yeshua every day as we root out the sin in our own lives.

Sanctification doesn't happen all at once - it is a lifelong process.  I tried to give up leaven for the week, which isn't easy when you are traveling (and staying with a friend who happens to be one of the best bread bakers I have ever known).  I stumbled several times, just as I do throughout life.  But praise God that He is faithful and forgives us when we repent and turn back to Him!

The counting of the omer began yesterday, on the Feast of Firstfruits.  We now look forward 50 days to the next biblical feast:  Shavuot (or Pentecost).   Keep tuning in for more information on this "Counting of the Omer" and its significance in the lives of believers.

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