My children and I have been going through a really important and fun study lately. We just finished up Chapter 2 of The Beauty of Jesus through the Feasts. It is not too late to jump into this study! You can also purchase the study guide here.
As I shared earlier, since our move, I have become even more passionate about who God is, and how I can serve Him best. I just love learning about how the Old and New Testaments of the Bible tie together. The New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old, and all of it is just remarkable. Right now I’m actually writing a post about how the theme of redemption is tied to clothing, and I have learned so much from my studies.
Since my family celebrates the Biblical Feasts for Jesus, I jumped at the chance to learn more through the book The Beauty of Jesus Revealed through the Feasts! I highly recommend that you purchase this book yourself, and here I’m just going to mention a few highlights that I’ve learned. As Christians, celebrating the Feasts is both beautiful and fulfilling. It has enriched my faith so much!
We just finished up studying about the Passover. Now, we have moved onto the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or Chag Hamatzot, which is a seven day Feast which begins the day after Passover, and is a time to remember Jesus’ death. Like the other Biblical Feasts, it points straight to our Messiah.
Throughout the Feast of Unleavened Bread, we are reminded of leaven time and time again. Leaven is an influence that alters or transforms. In the New Testament, leaven is sometimes compared to sin.
Get rid of the old yeast. For Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed. (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 5:5-7)
This Feast of Unleavened bread is symbolic of Christ’s death. We too are buried with Him through a spiritual baptism, which our baptism in water testifies to.
During the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the “Bedikat Chametz” is a time to cleanse the home of every last bit of leaven. This is the precursor to the “spring cleaning” that we often do today. As a Christian, this represents how the Lord cleanses our lives from every bit of sin as He sanctifies us.
In fact, the Exodus of Egypt is symbolic of our sanctification. When the Israelites left Egypt, they were told to empty themselves of everything they had come to love and understand about life and to walk with God. They surely had a battle rage between their flesh and spirit. Most likely the Egyptian culture rubbed off on them during their time in captivity, and once they were released God required them to be separate. Just like we are to be separate as Christians. Our life is not our own, we were bought with a price.
Another cool fact is that according to the Talmud, Isaac was born on Passover. His circumcision on the eighth day (the final day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread) is symbolic of cutting off the flesh and walking in newness of life.
The two sons of Abraham represent slavery to sin and freedom in Christ. Ishmael was born from a slave and from the flesh. He was sent away. Isaac was born of the promise to a free woman. We can see this parallel spoken of in Galatians 4:30-31, when Paul says, “Get rid of the slave woman and her son…” We have been called out of a life of slavery to the flesh and into a life of freedom from sin. Everything that we were is crucified with Christ.
According to 1 Corinthians 5:8, unleavened bread is symbolic to sincerity and truth. The matzah (unleavened bread) that is used in the Passover meal has a pierced and bruised appearance, like our Savior was. In Isaiah 53:5, we see that unleavened bread is a shadow of the Redeemer who was unaffected by the influence of sin (leaven) or the world, and was pure.
These findings excite me so much, and have really deepened my faith. I don’t understand why Christians do not celebrate these occasions for Jesus.
Next up is the Feast of First Fruits, which is symbolic of Christ’s resurrection. Hallelujah!
I hope to share my thoughts about the next chapter soon. I hope you join me. Blessings!
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