Passover - Feast of Unleavened Bread
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
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“These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the LORD’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation [a High Sabbath]; you shall not do any ordinary work. But you shall present a food offering to the LORD for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation [a High Sabbath]; you shall not do any ordinary work.”
Appointed Time: Passover
Significance: A memorial day commemorating God’s passing through the land of Egypt, striking down all the firstborn of both man andbeast and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt. The lamb’s blood on Israel’s houses was a sign for them, and when God saw the blood, He passed over Israel and no plague destroyed them
Observance: The purging of leaven from your home and territory. A day of preparation for the Passover meal eaten with matzah and the High Sabbath of the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also eaten with matzah. A memorial day (Exod. 12:14) in remembrance of when the Angel of Death, the Destroyer, passed over Israel in Egypt and how they were delivered
Length: Originally, a meal eaten in haste. Today, a meal eaten as the High Sabbath of the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread: The Seder
Appointed Time: Feast of Unleavened Bread
Significance: On this very day, God brought Israel out of theland of Egypt. It is to remind us of what ADONAI did for us when we came out of Egypt. It is a sign and a memorial so that the Torah of ADONAI may be in our mouths (Exod. 13:7-9)
Observance: Before the sunset of the 14th day, all leaven is to be removed from your house and territory, and no leaven is to be found in your homes or territory for seven days. Matzah is eaten for seven days. The first and seventh days are High Sabbaths when no ordinary work is to be done
Length: Seven days
- Genesis 3 – An animal is sacrificed, and its blood is shed for a person
- Exodus 12 – An animal is sacrificed, and its blood is shed for a family
- Exodus 30 and Leviticus 16:3-34 – An animal is sacrificed and its blood is shed for a nation
- John 1 – Jesus, the Lamb of God, is sacrificed, and His blood is shed for the world
Leviticus 17:11 tells us that the life of any living thing is in the blood, and God has placed that life’s blood on the altar for the atonement of our souls. It is the blood that makes atonement for life.
Passover speaks to our enslaving sin and the sacrifice of blood required for atonement freedom and our deliverance from Egypt, our carnal state. Unleavened Bread speaks to the purging of that sin and bad doctrine / leaven from our lives and homes. Firstfruits: the joy of bringing firstfruits to ADONAI after the redemptive process of deliverance.
Passover is the foundation of the covenant relationship made between God and His people; a declaration of faith that we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! “I will take you to be my people,” and He made that oath, that promise, that covenant, through blood.
Without this Passover Covenant, there is no blood atonementfor a people; therefore, there would be no “people,” and there would be no Israel of God. Egypt died in their sin; whereas, Israel was baptized into the Lamb. This Passover Lamb, The Passover Lamb, was prepared and slain before the foundations of the earth.
We eat unleavened bread, matzah, out of obedience to the instruction and to show that we are “unleavened” / without sin or erroneous doctrine before Him while keeping His Torah in our mouths. This covenant is made by the eating of matzah (Exod. 13:7-9).
Passover and the beginning of the High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a night of watching kept to ADONAI, just as He watched that night when He brought us out of Egypt (Ex. 12:42).
Allan R. Aguirre, "Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread,” from The Feasts Unlocked