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.
The feasts of the Lord are of great significance. Their historical importance for the Jewish people and the church should not be overlooked. The most discussed and well-known are the feasts of Passover and Pentecost, for good reason. The other feasts are just as important. At this time last year I wrote about the feast of Passover and the prophetic fulfillment which is found in Jesus.
Today, I want to illuminate the feast of unleavened bread. This feast is no less important than the others. Although leaven is a term rarely used today, we should know what it means. Leaven means fermentation and expansion in dough or batter, and can also mean a substance that causes a gradual or altering transformation. To understand it in todays terms, you would use leaven in dough to make bread rise, as in a loaf of bread. Unleavened bread could resemble a cracker.
It is now that we see the difference between unleavened bread from bread with leaven. Symbolically, leaven is another term for sin.
Galatians:5:9: A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Next we see that even a little leaven is enough to alter the whole lump. In the same way, a little sin is enough to cause a problem to the whole person. With that in mind, the question that arises is this; what am I allowing? Just because the sin is small, or appearing to be harmless, can it be that bad? The answer must be yes. It may not seem that bad now, but leaven and sin both can start small, practically unnoticeable. With time it begins to transform and in the end resemble something completely different than what it was at the start.
The difference between bread and crackers, really, is leaven, yeast, hot air. Are we puffed up by our leaven? Has our sin transformed us into something we were never meant to be? That is what sin does, it turns us into something far different from what God would have us be.
Prophetically, this feast too, was fulfilled in Jesus. He lived a sinless life. How can we know that? He was presented the Passover Lamb, without spot or blemish. He is the unleavened bread, the flesh without sin.
1st Corinthians:5:7: Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
We are commanded to purge out sin. How do we do that? By confessing our sin to God, if we do this He is faithful and just to forgive us. By accepting Jesus as our Savior we are a new creature, or as Paul said, a new lump. When a person repents of their sin, they turn away from it, becoming unleavened bread.
Luke:22:19: And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1st Corinthians:11:24: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
If you were to try to break a slice of bread, it would pull apart. If you do the same with a cracker, it will break. During the last supper with His disciples, the feast of unleavened bread and the fullness of its meaning was to be understood. The same should be understood today during communion services. It is a very solemn occasion, knowing that same unleavened bread is offered freely. It is that Lamb without blemish, it is the Bread without leaven, and only by His blood, His sinless life, His abundant grace that we too can become unleavened bread. It is because He endured the the breaking of His body that we too can share in His inheritance. During Passover, never overlook the importance of unleavened bread the fulfillment found in Jesus. Give thanks, and praise Him, for He is deserving!