Every year during the Feast of Unleavened Bread I learn something new. And every single year I am reminded of my need for a Savior to accomplish what I cannot accomplish on my own. The spring feasts, Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, give us the opportunity to see the hand of the Almighty at work, both in the days of our forefathers and in our lives today. As a family, we have come to love and appreciate this important time of year. I encourage you to take the opportunity to explore and uncover the richness contained in these special feasts.
Each spring, we usually spend several weeks doing our spring cleaning as we prepare to remove all the leaven in our home. In fact, I believe that this is where the tradition of spring cleaning came from. One year in particular, I remember we went so far as to clean and polish the silver to use for our family’s Passover Seder. Later, towards the end of the week, we found a piece of silver we had missed cleaning. One of us mentioned that it was too bad we didn’t have any more baking soda to clean it with, so it would have to wait until after Unleavened Bread was over before we could get more. Much to our dismay, one of the children pointed to a bowl sitting beside the kitchen sink and said, “There’s the baking soda we used sitting on the counter!” The whole week it had been sitting in plain view, right beside the sink we had used countless times a day for the entire week. Yet, somehow we had been blind to its presence all week!
At that moment, and at so many times since, the cry of my heart has been, “Oh Yah, show me the sin in my life that I overlook every day!” I know it’s there, but I’ve gotten accustomed to it; even worse, I am comfortable with its presence in my life! But Abba is faithful and continues to show me bit by ugly bit the sin in my life and how He desires to free me from its grip. The God that delivered the Israelites out of the bondage of the Egyptians has made a way for me to experience that same deliverance in my life. That’s what is so beautiful about Passover, it shows how Elohim has been at work throughout history. It shows His plan of redemption, long before He sent His son to dwell among mankind and provide deliverance from the curse of sin and death.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is an annual reminder that I need my Messiah! You see, there has never been a year that I’ve been able to completely rid my home, much less my life, of leaven. Instead I am reminded that without the redemption and righteousness of Yeshua, my effort are as filthy rags and will never be enough to accomplish that which Yeshua so lovingly provided. I am thankful for this reminder; I need this reminder. Perhaps we all do, and just maybe that’s the reason this feast was given to us.
When we first learned of this feast, it seemed a bit extreme, maybe even legalistic. We decided to participate one year just to see the visual pictures, the types and shadows, in it. That first year, we realized the richness of the blessings we experience as a believer in Messiah, Yeshua, the depth of our need, and the beauty of our Father’s love for us. As redeemed believers, we have chosen to partake of this feast because of the pictures it paints so vividly on our minds and hearts. More importantly, we have chosen to participate because it draws us closer to our precious Messiah, it strengthens our resolve to follow Him, and it floods our souls with thanksgiving for His provisions.