This week we’re studying “The Feast of Unleavened Bread.”
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If you’re following along with us, you should be reading chapter two of The Beauty of Jesus Revealed in the Feasts, and filling out your study guide. The study guide is designed to help you remember what you learn in each chapter and to dig a little deeper as you do.
Perhaps you could write down the scriptures you find in each chapter or highlight them right there in your book. This way, once you’re finished the chapter, you can look up these verses in your Bible to study them within the context of the Word.
Want to chat about the chapter? Join me on Friday afternoons on Facebook where I’ll post my answers to the study questions and open up a thread for your thoughts too.
Pastor Daniel Krebs (Trulife Ministries) and I have put together seven videos for you–one for each chapter. Each one is about 45 minutes to an hour long. Tune in every week as we’ll be your study buddies throughout this series.
In order to understand the feast of unleavened bread, there are two things that we must keep in mind. The first is that Passover and “the 7-day feast” are interchangeable. They are often grouped together, or both referred to as “the feast.” Preparation for Passover includes preparation for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And in fact, when you hear “the first day of the feast” it can either mean the first day of Unleavened Bread or the day of Passover. Passover is on the 14th of Nisan and the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th of Nisan.
The second thing that we should consider is the idea of leaven, and what it signifies in the scriptures.
In Matthew 16:6, leaven is compared to false teaching:
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
In 1 Corinthians 5:5-7, leaven is compared to sinful behavior in the church:
“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
In Matthew 13:33, leaven is compared to the Kingdom of Heaven:
“He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
And so we see that these verses don’t necessarily equate leaven with sin, but rather it’s an influence that has the ability to affect one’s life. In fact, dictionary.com defines leaven as, “an element that produces an altering or transforming influence.” What we’re looking at with the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the influence of our sinful nature as opposed to the divine nature of God that one receives when they are born of the Spirit of God.
While this feast is about death, it’s also very much about life as believers are dead to sin but alive in Christ. It’s for this reason that believers were both commanded to remove leaven from their bread and also to eat bread. It wasn’t enough to simply skip bread for 7-days, nor is it enough to simply remove sin from our lives. We must also be partakers through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ Whose body was broken for us, and Whose blood was shed for the remission of sins.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53, NIV)
Join us this week as we take a close look at the beauty of Jesus revealed in The Feast of Unleavened Bread.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
Suggested Reading for This Week:
Chapter 2 of: The Beauty of Jesus Revealed in the Feasts.
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FAQ: How do I participate in this study?
On Monday of each week, I’ll post a couple of printables here on the blog for you. It’s also on this day that you start reading your chapter for the week. Throughout the week, you can fill out your study guide at home.
On Wednesdays, I’ll post a video for you here on the blog as Pastor Daniel Krebs and I sit down to discuss each chapter. We have a separate video for each feast, which is about 45-minutes long. These videos are amazing! If you haven’t done so already, subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss them: Click here
On Friday afternoons, I’ll post my answers to the questions from the study guide. I’d like to also invite you to join me at that time for a discussion on Facebook. You can find my facebook page here: @TimeWarpWife