Why I Celebrate The Week of Unleavened Bread

The Biblical Feasts are such beautiful celebrations of God’s love for His people.  When I first learned about them I was overwhelmed and unsure how to celebrate each one.

Now many years later, I look forward to each feast and can’t wait to do them.

Often people know the feasts Passover, Hanukah, and even Purim.  But few know that there are several Biblical feasts that God gave to His people, Israel.  Most people also do not realize that if they call themselves a believer in Jesus Christ, that they are grafted into God’s family, Israel.

In Leviticus 23, Yehovah God outlines for His children all his set apart holidays, Holy Days.  These are special times for His children to meet with Him and remember Him their Creator and Redeemer.  I have written posts on several of these holidays, including the weekly Sabbath.  So, I won’t focus on that right now.

Today, I want to write about the Week of Unleavened Bread.  Often the Jewish community calls this whole week Passover.  But technically if we read closely in Scripture, the evening of the 14th day of the first month of the Biblical year is the night of Passover.  Then starting at sundown that night begins the 15th day, which is called Day one of Unleavened Bread.  This day is a Holy Day to be set apart as a sabbath day, no going to work.  This is the beginning of a seven day observance of eating unleavened bread.  On the seventh and final day of this feast, it is another Holy Day, and again a sabbath, no going to work day.

So, How do we celebrate this holiday in our home here in Michigan away from the Promised Land.  We do the best we can.  First, we clean our house really good, making sure there is no leaven (that is yeast, sour dough, etc.) in our home.  Once we clean our home really well, on the night of Passover my husband checks the house over to be certain we have gotten all the leaven out.  During the housekeeping process, we also look at our lives and ask ourselves if we have allowed sin to creep into our hearts and lives, and we repent and clean out that leaven too.  Once we have cleaned the house and our hearts, we prepare to gather with other believers on the 15th day.

This is a sabbath, but we are allowed to do things to prepare to celebrate with others.  Things like cooking food and cleaning up.  But we are not to go to our place of employment or cause others to work for us.  The seventh day is also a sabbath from our regular work.

For our family we prepare a fun afternoon of worship, testimony, scripture, games, and dancing, and lots of good food.  We usually rent a building and gather with others.  We have these gatherings on first and last day of the week long celebration that starts on the 15th day of Aviv and ends on the 21st day.

During the week, people are allowed to work.  But everyone is required to eat unleavened bread every single day of the feast, and to not have any leaven until the feast is over.

Why do I celebrate this feast?  What is the point?

God commanded His people to celebrate his appointed times forever.  He meant for us to celebrate it in the Promised land.  But, even now we can and should celebrate them as memorials to Yehovah.  We celebrate these feasts to remind ourselves of what God has done, and what He has promised to do.

God freed the Israelites from slavery and they left in such a hurry they had no risen bread to eat.  They were forced to eat bread without leavening.  But, it was a hardship on their journey worth enduring to get to the promised land.  We will have to suffer many hardships on our journey to the eternal Promised land too.  Some, we will inflict upon ourselves like the Israelites did when they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years because of disobedience.  Some, Yehovah will require of us in order to teach us and prepare us for His perfect Kingdom, like eating unleavened Bread.

But, when we stop and take time to focus on God’s Word, the passages of scripture that remind us of His faithfulness to His children, and His love for us, we remember that He never leaves us or forsakes us.

That is why I keep the feast of Unleavened Bread.

Shalom

 

 

 

 

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