Feasts of Israel (Part 2)

FEASTS OF ISRAEL – (PART 2: UNLEAVENED BREAD)
(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – TODAY WE HAVE OUR 2ND INSTALLMENT ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THEY POINTED TO AND WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST. ONE OF MY PRIMARY SOURCES FOR THESE MESSAGES IS A WONDERFUL BOOK BY RICHARD BOOKER TITLED “JESUS IN THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL”. AS WE MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY THERE ARE THREE MAIN FEASTS THAT WERE TO BE CELEBRATED AS A MEMORIAL OR REMEMBRANCE OF HOW GOD DELIVERED ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT: PASSOVER, PENTECOST AND TABERNACLES. EVERY JEWISH MALE WAS REQUIRED TO JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR, ONE TIME FOR EACH FEAST.

LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT THE FEAST OF PASSOVER AND SAW HOW CHRIST FULFILLED THE FEAST OF PASSOVER TO THE MOST MINUTE DETAIL. PASSOVER, AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST, AFFECTS YOUR POSITION BEFORE GOD. PRIOR TO ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR, YOUR SINS SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD. BUT ONCE YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS GOD’S PASSOVER LAMB, WHO DIED FOR YOUR SINS, YOUR POSTIION BEFORE GOD CHANGES. SOMETHING WONDERFUL HAPPENS! GOD DECLARES YOU “NOT GUILTY”. THIS CHANGE IN POSITION IS CALLED JUSTIFICATION. PAUL EXPLAINED IT THIS WAY IN 2CO 5:21 FOR HE HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, WHO KNEW NO SIN; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM. GOD FORGIVES US OF OURS SINS AND WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD. BUT THERE IS MORE THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF OUR WALK WITH GOD. YOU SEE GOD IS NOT ONLY INTERESTED IN OUR POSITION, BUT HE IS ALSO INTERESTED IN OUR CONDITION. GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU DEAL WITH YOUR OLD SINFUL HABITS AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE. HE WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOU INTO THE MORAL IMAGE AND CHARACTER OF JESUS CHRIST. HE WANTS TO PREPARE YOU TO BECOME A RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY AND HE WANTS TO BEGIN AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE CHRIST.

II) HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. (LEV. 23:6 – 8)
A) THE FEAST BEGINS ON THE 15TH DAY OF NISAN (ABID), IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PASSOVER AND LASTS FOR SEVEN DAYS.
B) WHEN GOD DELIVERED ISRAEL FROM EGYPT, THEY DID NOT HAVE TIME TO COOK THEIR BREAD AND TO ALLOW IT TO RISE WITH LEAVEN (YEAST). LEAVEN BECAME A SYMBOL OF THEIR OLD LIFE OF BONDAGE IN EGYPT.
C) GOD INSTRUCTED ISRAEL TO KEEP THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AS A MEMORIAL TO THEIR SEPARATION FROM EGYPT.
D) EXO 13:3, 6 & 7 AND MOSES SAID UNTO THE PEOPLE, REMEMBER THIS DAY, IN WHICH YE CAME OUT FROM EGYPT, OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE; FOR BY STRENGTH OF HAND THE LORD BROUGHT YOU OUT FROM THIS PLACE: THERE SHALL NO LEAVENED BREAD BE EATEN. …6 SEVEN DAYS THOU SHALT EAT UNLEAVENED BREAD, AND IN THE SEVENTH DAY SHALL BE A FEAST TO THE LORD. 7 UNLEAVENED BREAD SHALL BE EATEN SEVEN DAYS; AND THERE SHALL NO LEAVENED BREAD BE SEEN WITH THEE, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE LEAVEN SEEN WITH THEE IN ALL THY QUARTERS.
E) BEFORE THE FEASTS OF PASSOVER AND UNLEAVENED BREAD COULD BE CELEBRATED, ALL THE LEAVEN HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE HEBREW HOME. THIS REQUIRED A GREAT AMOUNT OF SPRING CLEANING: INCLUDING WALLS, CEILINGS, CUPBOARDS, AND FURNITURE.
F) AFTERWARDS THE FAMILY PARTICIPATES IN A CEREMONY CALLED “THE SEARCH FOR THE LEAVEN”. AFTER DARK THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD WOULD TAKE A LIGHTED CANDLE AND DILIGENTLY SEARCH THROUGH EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY OF THE HOUSE DILIGENTLY LOOKING FOR ANY HIDDEN LEAVEN. WHEN LEAVEN IS FOUND, HE IS CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH IT, BUT REMOVES IT WITH A FEATHER BRUSH INTO A SMALL WOODEN SPOON. THE FEATHER, THE SPOON AND THE LEAVEN ARE WRAPPED IN CLOTH WITH A STRING AND BURNED.
G) DURING THE SEDER MEAL, THE LAMB WAS EATEN WITH BITTER HERBS AND UNLEAVEN BREAD MEMORIALIZING THE SUFFERING IN EGYPT AND GOD’S EXPEDIENT DELIVERANCE.
H) GOD CALLED ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT TO BE SEPARATE PEOPLE ONTO HIMSELF. THEY HAD BEEN DELIVERED FROM THE BONDAGE OF EGYPT, THE PHILOSOPHIES, IDOLS (FALSE GODS) AND THE SORROW AND SUFFERING THAT GOES WITH THESE THINGS.

III) HOW JESUS FULFILLED THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
A) AGAIN, LEAVEN IN GOD’S INSTRUCTION TO ISRAEL, AND US, IS A TYPE OR SYMBOL OF SIN BECAUSE OF THE FERMENTING AND PERMEATING NATURE OF LEAVEN. SIN PERMEATES, PUFFS UP AND BRINGS SPIRITUAL INTOXICATION. JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES.
B) JESUS FULFILLED THE FEAST AS THE BREAD OF LIFE, SENT FROM HEAVEN. HE HAD NO LEAVEN (SIN) IN HIM: 1COR 5:21 FOR HE HATH MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, WHO KNEW NO SIN; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.
C) JESUS POINTED TO HIMSELF AS THE FULFILLMENT OF THIS FEAST THE VERY SAME WEEK IT WAS CELEBRATED IN JERUSALEM. IN JOHN CHAPTER 6 JESUS PERFORMED A GREAT MIRACLE, FEEDING 5000 PLUS WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITH 5 SMALL BARLEY LOAVES AND TWO SMALL FISH.
D) SHORTLY AFTERWARDS HE TOLD THE PEOPLE: JOHN 6:32 – 35 ” …”VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, MOSES GAVE YOU NOT THAT BREAD FROM HEAVEN; BUT MY FATHER GIVETH YOU THE TRUE BREAD FROM HEAVEN. 33 FOR THE BREAD OF GOD IS HE WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND GIVETH LIFE UNTO THE WORLD. 34 THEN SAID THEY UNTO HIM, LORD, EVERMORE GIVE US THIS BREAD. 35 AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE: HE THAT COMETH TO ME SHALL NEVER HUNGER; AND HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME SHALL NEVER THIRST.”
E) AFTER JESUS MADE THESE STATEMENTS THE PEOPLE MURMURED AGAINST HIM, BUT JESUS WOULD NOT BACK OFF ON HIS CLAIM TO BE THE UNLEAVENED BREAD OF GOD IN THE FLESH. HE REPEATED HIMSELF TO DRIVE THE POINT HOME: JOHN 6:47 – 51 “VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME HATH EVERLASTING LIFE. 48 I AM THAT BREAD OF LIFE. 49 YOUR FATHERS DID EAT MANNA IN THE WILDERNESS, AND ARE DEAD. 50 THIS IS THE BREAD WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN, THAT A MAN MAY EAT THEREOF, AND NOT DIE. 51 I AM THE LIVING BREAD WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN: IF ANY MAN EAT OF THIS BREAD, HE SHALL LIVE FOREVER: AND THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH, WHICH I WILL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.
F) ONCE MORE THE PEOPLE MURMURED AND ARGUED AMONG THEMSELVES OVER JESUS SAYINGS. JESUS PRESSED HIS POINT THE THIRD TIME WITH THESE WORDS. JOHN 6:53 – 58 “…VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, EXCEPT YE EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, YE HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU. 54 WHOSO EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY. 55 FOR MY FLESH IS MEAT INDEED, AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED. 56 HE THAT EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, DWELLETH IN ME, AND I IN HIM. 57 AS THE LIVING FATHER HATH SENT ME, AND I LIVE BY THE FATHER: SO HE THAT EATETH ME, EVEN HE SHALL LIVE BY ME. 58 THIS IS THAT BREAD WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN: NOT AS YOUR FATHERS DID EAT MANNA, AND ARE DEAD: HE THAT EATETH OF THIS BREAD SHALL LIVE FOREVER. “
G) JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON THE FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH, A THURSDAY AND WAS BURIED ON THE 15TH DAY, WHICH JUST AS THE JEWS BEGAN THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. JESUS TOOK OUR LEAVEN OF SIN WITH HIM INTO THE GRAVE IN HIS BODY AND THERE FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS. THE BONDAGE, SORROW AND OPPRESSION AND SUFFERING WHICH WAS A PART OF OUR OLD LIFE WENT WITH HIM INTO THE GRAVE.

IV) PERSONAL APPLICATION OF THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AS FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST
A) AS BELIEVERS AND FOLLOWERS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WE ARE TO PUT OFF THE OLD LEAVEN OF SIN. AS WE SAID BEFORE, LEAVEN MAKES BREAD “PUFF UP”. SIN CAUSES US TO BE “PUFFED UP” AND THINK THAT WE CAN MAKE IT BY OURSELF. THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO UNBELIEVERS, BUT IT IS THE POWER OF GOD TO THOSE WHO ARE BEING SAVED. OUR FLESH, OUR OLD NATURE, IS CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST.
B) EPH 4:22 – 24 THAT YE PUT OFF CONCERNING THE FORMER CONVERSATION THE OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO THE DECEITFUL LUSTS; 23 AND BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND; 24 AND THAT YE PUT ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH AFTER GOD IS CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUE HOLINESS.
C) THIS PASSAGE READS THIS WAY IN THE MESSAGE BIBLE: “SINCE, THEN, WE DO NOT HAVE THE EXCUSE OF IGNORANCE, EVERYTHING–AND I DO MEAN EVERYTHING–CONNECTED WITH THAT OLD WAY OF LIFE HAS TO GO. IT’S ROTTEN THROUGH AND THROUGH. GET RID OF IT! AND THEN TAKE ON AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY OF LIFE–A GOD-FASHIONED LIFE…”
D) JESUS SAID IT THIS WAY, MARK 7:21-23 (NIV) “FOR FROM WITHIN, OUT OF MEN’S HEARTS, COME EVIL THOUGHTS, SEXUAL IMMORALITY, THEFT, MURDER, ADULTERY, 22 GREED, MALICE, DECEIT, LEWDNESS, ENVY, SLANDER, ARROGANCE AND FOLLY. 23 ALL THESE EVILS COME FROM INSIDE AND MAKE A MAN ‘UNCLEAN.”
E) THE PHRASE USED BY PAUL “PUT OFF” MEANS TO PUT OFF AS A GARMENT. IN GALATIANS 5:19-21 (NIV) “THE ACTS OF THE SINFUL NATURE ARE OBVIOUS: SEXUAL IMMORALITY, IMPURITY AND DEBAUCHERY; 20 IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT; HATRED, DISCORD, JEALOUSY, FITS OF RAGE, SELFISH AMBITION, DISSENSIONS, FACTIONS 21 AND ENVY; DRUNKENNESS, ORGIES, AND THE LIKE. I WARN YOU, AS I DID BEFORE, THAT THOSE WHO LIVE LIKE THIS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
V) WE ARE ABLE TO PUT OFF THIS OLD MAN FOR HE WAS BURIED WITH CHRIST IN FULFILLMENT OF THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. IN THIS WAY THE POWER OF SIN IS BROKEN. GOD HAS CHOSEN US WHO BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS TO BE A SEPARATE PEOPLE. WE ARE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD:
A) ROM 12:1 – 2 I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN, BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, THAT YE PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. 2 AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.
B) 1JO 2:15 – 17 LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD. IF ANY MAN LOVE THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM. 16 FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE, IS NOT OF THE FATHER, BUT IS OF THE WORLD. 17 AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY, AND THE LUST THEREOF: BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOREVER.
C) 1PE 2:11 – 12 DEARLY BELOVED, I BESEECH YOU AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS, ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL; 12 HAVING YOUR CONVERSATION HONEST AMONG THE GENTILES: THAT, WHEREAS THEY SPEAK AGAINST YOU AS EVILDOERS, THEY MAY BY YOUR GOOD WORKS, WHICH THEY SHALL BEHOLD, GLORIFY GOD IN THE DAY OF VISITATION.
D) 2CO 6:17 – 18 WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU. 18 AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SAITH THE LORD ALMIGHTY.

VI) CONCLUSION – THE FEAST OF PASSOVER CHANGED OUR POSITION BEFORE GOD. WHEN WE CONFESSED OUR SINFUL CONDITION AND BELIEVED ON AND ACCEPTED WHAT JESUS DID FOR US WE WERE MADE RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD, OUR SINS WERE FORGIVEN. NOW WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD TO CHANGE OUR CONDITION. PHI 2:12 – 13 WHEREFORE, MY BELOVED, AS YE HAVE ALWAYS OBEYED, NOT AS IN MY PRESENCE ONLY, BUT NOW MUCH MORE IN MY ABSENCE, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING. 13 FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE. IT IS A WORK OF SANCTIFICATION, REMOVING THE LEAVEN FROM GOD. IT IS US AND GOD WORKING TOGETHER. 1TH 4:3 – 5 IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT YOU SHOULD BE SANCTIFIED: THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID SEXUAL IMMORALITY; 4 THAT EACH OF YOU SHOULD LEARN TO CONTROL HIS OWN BODY IN A WAY THAT IS HOLY AND HONORABLE, 5 NOT IN PASSIONATE LUST LIKE THE HEATHEN, WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD;… WHATEVER OUR POISON WITH IT BE IMMORAL BEHAVIOR, UNGODLY ANGER OR COVETOUSNESS, WE ARE TO STOP SINNING AND DOING THE THINGS THAT WE USED TO DO AND BEGIN TO LIVE THE WAY THAT GOD WANTS US TO LIVE.

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