And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13 (AV)
In this post we are going to briefly explore the biblical Sabbath Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread in the context of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At this time of the year the majority of the mainstream Christian world celebrates the Easter season and surrounding seasons such as Lent, but we at OFG believe Passover and Unleavened Bread are the true biblically commanded and Christ centered festivals.
Passover & Unleavened Bread
We have now arrived to our biblical celebratory season of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Many traditions and denominations celebrate Easter Holy Week rather than the true Biblical festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Easter is seen to be the Christian festival and season celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but in reality is a syncretism of pagan fertility festivals and traditions with early Gentile Christianity, particularly Roman Catholicism.
In other words, Easter as you know is actually a mixture of European paganism with Early Catholicism. As we at OFG strictly adhere to the Word of God rather than religious traditions, we would like to share with you the true biblical significance of this season
The Feast of Passover
Passover is the first in a series of Biblical Sabbath feasts seen initially in the Book of Exodus, which was observed following the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:1-14). This feast is to be observed throughout the generations of God’s people forever and is symbolic of the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. As we know God purposed to destroy all the firstborn of Egypt, both man and beast. God spoke to Moses directly and instructed him to command the Israelites to kill a lamb without blemish–to be known from thereon as the Passover Lamb–in their dwellings and apply its blood to the lintels and door posts.
This blood would indicate to the destroying angel acting on behalf of YHWH that the firstborn of the Israelites dwellings would be passed over and their firstborn children would be exempt from the judgment. The destroying angel went forth and destroyed the firstborn of Egypt and because of the blood of the Passover Lamb, the firstborn of Israel were passed over and remained alive.
This event and feast was commanded to be perpetually observed throughout the generations of God’s people (Exodus 12:14) and is now revealed through the New Testament to be a symbol and type of our Lord Jesus Christ known as the Lamb of God, Whose blood would be shed for our salvation. The Lamb of God was slain on the cross and His blood was shed that it may be provided as an atonement for our sins. In other words, the blood of Jesus was shed for our sins that once applied to us we would escape the wrath of God consequential for sin; that the wrath of God would pass us over as it did in Egypt for the firstborn of the Israelites.
Jesus is therefore, our Passover Lamb. We celebrate the true biblical feast of Passover through the Holy Spirit and in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Jesus is also known as the Bread of God (John 6:33) and Bread of Life (John 6:35) . The Feast of Unleavened Bread would follow Passover for seven days in which all bread made with yeast would be prohibited and only bread made without yeast would be permitted (Exodus 12:15-20).
Unleavened bread is also a symbol and type of Christ, emphasizing His sinless purity and life giving power through the resurrection. Jesus is the Unleavened Bread of Life in that He is the sinless and pure Saviour who could not remain held under the power of death, but rose again in victory and power. The resurrection is also seen symbolically in the Sheaf or Wave offering of the First Fruits offering, which is to take place the day after the Passover Sabbath, the second day of the feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:9-15).
The pure and spotless unleavened Word of Christ (pure teaching of the Word of God) is also emphasized in contrast to the leaven (false teaching and traditions) of the Pharisees and Sadducees who led Israel astray under their teachings (Matthew 16:6-12). As it was commanded in Exodus 12:19 that all who would eat leavened bread during this season would be cut off from the congregation, this is a symbol of God’s judgment as all who do not believe in the truth of Christ would be cut off in His judgment also.
We now understand that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and only through His pure sacrifice, blood and Word, there is the hope of salvation. We celebrate the feast of Unleavened Bread through the Holy Spirit in remembrance of Christ Who is the pure and spotless Unleavened Bread of Life.
We at OFG ministries wish you a Blessed Sabbath season of Passover and Unleavened Bread. We encourage you to further study and pray the Holy Spirit would give you strong wisdom and knowledge regarding these matters. We hope that through this you may gain revelation of true biblical and spiritual worship of God, that you may worship our Lord God and Saviour more powerfully and fully in the Holy Spirit and in Truth.
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