Before we transition from Spring to Fall Feasts by way of the Summer Harvest, we must not forget the significance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Historically, this feast memorializes God delivering the people of Israel out of Egypt in a hurry. Thus, in Leviticus 23:6, God declared, “…on the fifteenth day of the same month (Nisan—March/April), is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread” (NKJV). Leaven (or yeast) always refers to sin in the Bible and in order to be delivered from it, you must be holy, pure, and “unleavened.” The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, compelling the congregation to “purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed [Messiah], our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness [such as that of the Pharisees], but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (NKJV).
Traditionally, the Jews would “spring clean” their homes and collect every remnant of yeast (Hamatz in Hebrew) left over, after baking bread throughout the year, and cast it into the fire (which refers to the judgment of sin in the Bible). This annual ritual was a reminder to them that their ancestors had no time to wait for the leavened (yeast-filled) bread to rise during their hasty exodus from Egypt and delivery from slavery. Dr. Sam Nadler (2010), designates unleavened bread (called Matzah) as “the bread of haste” because God said to Israel, in Deuteronomy 16:3, “for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste” (NKJV).
Prophetically, Jesus referred to Himself repeatedly as the Bread of Life in John Chapter 6 (NKJV) and ironically, Matzah resembles the body of Christ. Zola Levitt (2012), points out that the very appearance of this Jewish staple is, of course, unleavened (without yeast/sin), striped, pierced with holes, and burned or bruised (for “by His stripes we are healed and He was pierced for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities” in Isaiah 53:5, NKJV). Furthermore, the Messiah reminded the apostles at the last supper that though His body be broken and buried in the earth, God the Father would raise Him (the Son) up from the dead and He (the Father) did on the third day!
So, have you received the Living Bread into your life yet? Friend, don’t wait any longer. Confess your leaven (sins) to Him now by calling upon the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Him, which is your reasonable act of worship today and every day (Romans 12:1, NKJV)!