Is the Feast of Unleavened Bread mentioned in the Bible for Christians too? The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a 7-day feast that is kicked off the evening of Passover. This is a Biblically-commanded Feast of the Lord. But even though this feast first appears in the Old Testament to the Israelites, did you know that it’s actually a feast that was foreshadowing and celebrating Jesus as Messiah?
In this post I’d like to explore that a little more. How does this Old Testament feast apply to modern day Christians? Is it Biblical to observe it? Is it Biblical to NOT observe it?
Let’s dive into these questions so you can come out with a greater understanding of what God’s desire is for you and your family in regards to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The First Feast of Unleavened Bread
In Exodus 12:15-20,39 we find the very first Feast of Unleavened Bread. This happens directly after the first Passover. In Exodus 12:17 God tells the children of Israel why they are observing this feast:
“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.” – Exodus 12:17
So God is telling them that they are to observe this feast because He has delivered them from Egypt.
You might ask yourself, why? Why do they have to do this because God brought them out of Egypt? Where is the connection?
Well, Egypt, like Babylon, can be used as a metaphor for the world, or sin and bondage to sin. This article does a good job of explaining this. But as that article notes, you can also read Hebrews 3:14-4:11 for a Biblical example of Paul using Egypt as a metaphor for life before salvation in Christ.
We will get into this concept more in a little bit too.