Passover - April 20-21 2019
(Nisan 14, 5779,
day begins at sundown)
Unleavened Bread - April 20-26
First Fruits - April 21
Preparation, Spring Cleaning
One of my great passions is finding Jesus in the Old Testament and pointing out how gracious and loving our God is by showing us pictures of His perfect plan ahead of schedule. The purpose of this is to show us that nothing takes Him by surprise. He not only created, but knows the beginning, the end and everything between.
Passover is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a seven day period commanded by Yahweh to the Israelites shortly after they had been delivered from Egypt, in which any bread made and consumed during that time would be free from leaven which would be completely removed from the household. On the fourteenth day of the first month (Nisan) 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; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. ~Leviticus 23:5-6
Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Yeshua, saying to Him, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" ~Matthew 26:17
It has become tradition that several weeks before Passover, Jewish families begin a massive Spring cleaning to get the leaven out of the house. After this is accomplished, the Father takes a small amount of leaven and hides it in the house for the children to hunt for and find. A candle is used for light (these days, a flashlight) and a feather is used to sweep the leaven onto a wooden spoon. The spoon and leaven is then wrapped in a linen cloth, taken outside and then burned in a fire.
The candle represents the Word of God. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~Psalm 119:105
The feather is the Holy Spirit. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. ~Psalm 91:4
The leaven is sin put onto the wooden spoon, the cross, wrapped in linen (Mark 15:46) and taken outside the camp (Hebrews 13:13) to be destroyed by the fire of Hell which was meant for us, which He also conquered. If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God. ~Deuteronomy 21:22-23
For He made Him who knew no sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus Cleans House
Yeshua was cleansing the Temple as He turned over the tables of the money changers just before Passover. These wicked people were hindering the people from worship of Yahweh by using their greedy authority to reject the sacrifices brought by the people and cause them to have to purchase another. (Matthew 21)
As believers and followers of Him we are ...living stones being built up as a spiritual house, a Holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. ~1 Peter 2:5 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of Gog dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. ~1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Notice the Matzah (unleavened bread) ...it is striped and pierced. Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you are truly 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. ~1 Corinthians 5:7-8
This teaching has been adapted from Pastor Mark Biltz' teaching, Passover to Pentecost.