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Today is the sixth Day of the Feast
Tomorrow is the last Day, Followed by First Fruits!
By Bob Barney
The Bible tells us that the Israelites were commanded by the God who became Jesus Christ (The Yahweh of the Bible) to eat unleavened bread during the Passover and to continue to do it every year to remember their bondage. Since the Israelites were forced out of Egypt hastily, they did not have time for the bread to rise, so it was made on that very first Passover without leaven, also known as yeast. The Bible informs us of the following: "Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt" (Deuteronomy 16:3). Further commands regarding the eating of unleavened bread are found in Exodus 12:8; 29:2; and Numbers 9:11. To this day, in Jewish homes, the Passover celebration includes unleavened bread, but did you know that more and more Christians are following the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Here's why.
All of the so-called "Old Testament" Holy Days, are actually foreshadowing the coming of the Messiah, that Christians know as Jesus Christ. For example, Passover was commanded by God in Exodus,Leviticus 23:4-5 and throughout the scriptures.. It is mentioned at least 25 times in the New Testament. It is in the New Testament that we come to realize the true significane of Passover, and in fact all of God's Holy Days, including the Sabbath Day.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8: said “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”
The Days of Unleavened Bread is the the second festival, right after Passover that Christians are told to remember. During this time, Christians realize that the Holy Day represents the sin that is in all of our lives (sin=yeast), and we understand that by putting yeast out of our homes, represent putting sin out of our lives. Paul refers to it as “the leaven of malice and wickedness” (1 Corinthians 5:8).
The way in which Jesus fulfilled these Biblical God commanded feasts is part of the true Gospel of Christ. Without understanding God's Holy Days, we cannot understand God's plan for mankind. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Biblical feasts of Leviticus 23.
The Hebrew word for “feasts” (moadim) literally means "appointed times." God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of the Seven feasts to show us His plan for mankind and the Universe. The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of God's calendar, at set times appointed by God. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.
The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks), and they all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament. The final three holidays (Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.
It is a shame that today, most Christians do not understand God's plan and His Holy days. Instead most follow pagan holidays such as Easter and Christmas, days that God commanded us NOT TO FOLLOW! For example, what do colored eggs and chocolate rabbits have to do with the supposed meaning of the day, or Santa Claus and Christmas trees have to do with the birth of Christ?
Why can’t we find any instructions about the careful observance of Christmas and Easter in the pages of the Bible? One would think such important celebrations would be a major part of the teaching of the New Testament Church. But the Bible does not teach their observance. The Bible teaches seven meaningful holy days, but not the major holidays celebrated today.
The reality is that the Bible forbids the observance of holidays like Christmas and Easter that have their origin centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ! Let’s examine holy days vs. holidays.
It's time that we start to obey God. If we do, God will bless us as individuals and as His nation. The Holy Days, like today is as important now as they have ever been---maybe more so.