TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Exodus 12:15-17, 30-31, 34, 39; Isaiah 31:1; 1 Cor 5:7-8; Psalms 16:10;
BOTTOM LINE: The Feast of Unleavened Bread paints the portrait of the relationship we have w/ Jesus, and the continual process of allowing God to remove the Leaven (Sin) from our lives.
QUESTION: Are there areas of our lives where we are Professing Christ, but those areas do not have the Possession of Christ?
DOWNLOAD: Lessons learned from The Feast of Unleavened Bread
1. EGYPT in Scripture, is always regarded as a “Type” of the world.
It’s associated w/ faithlessness and a dependence upon human sufficiency instead of a dependence on God.
Isaiah 31:1 … “1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord.”
And so Passover … or Salvation … brings us out of Egypt … and it separates us from the world.
2. LEAVAN is a “Type” of Sin.
It always speaks of a type of corruption, and it’s a symbol of all that is unclean and evil.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 … “7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Paul says, that when Christ enters our lives, there is a cleansing that takes place. So everything that is un-Holy and un-Clean must go, and this is what the Bible calls Sanctification. This process and journey where you and I become more and more like Jesus.
- The REQUIREMENTS of the Feast of Unleavened Bread
- First and foremost … all leaven was to be removed from the home.
- And then … for 7 days … they are to eat Unleavened Bread.
- In Ex 12:16 … we see this feast was defined as a High Sabbath.
- This Feast was declared to be a Perpetual Memorial … something we celebrate forever.
- The RITUAL of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
- 3. The RELATIONSHIP of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
This entire meal is painting a Portrait … and each element is teaching us something about Christ.
And part of the struggle is that Leaven has taken on so man different forms … in fact, Luke said in Luke 12:1 that there a Leaven of hypocritical deceit.
And Hypocrisy … “hupokrisis” … is the acting of a stage player … and in Bible times … in the days before amplification … Greek & Roman actors would appear on stage wearing masks …and underneath the mask there was a mechanical device for controlling the volume and intonation of the voice.
That’s what Jesus was referring to when He described the Leaven of Pharisaism as Hypocrisy … it was the wearing of a mask … looking and sounding like something we are not.
Hypocrisy is the profession of Christ without possession of Christ.
Sometimes we feel like Hypocrites when we sin, but Hypocrisy is not about sinning, it’s not about failing to live up to a standard. It’s about pretending to live up to a standard,when we know we’re not!
Hypocrisy is about pre-tence. It’s the sin that keeps us from the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth that Paul was talking about that we read earlier in 1 Corinthians 5:8.
There is so much about this RELATIONSHIP w/ this Feast that paints such a powerful portrait of our RELATIONSHIP w/ Jesus, and we see the struggle between our Flesh and the Leaven in our lives, and what it means to be Sanctified thru Christ, to rid ourselves of the Leaven and Sin in our lives.
The REQUIREMENTS of the Feast required complete removal of all Leaven.
The RITUAL of the Feast had an incredible Rhythm … the discipline of the Jewish people even still today as they celebrate this Feast is incredible … certainly I know I can learn from in many ways.
And … the RELATIONSHIP of the Feast … this entire meal points us to Jesus … the Grace of God extended to us thru His Son … so that we can experience life not only of Forgiveness … but a life where God is doing something in us that sees the Leaven removed from our lives too.
ILLUSTRATION: None of Us Are Perfect
And yeah, none of us are perfect for sure. We’re all a work in progress. We’re all experiencing this Sanctification process in our lives aren’t we?
The Feast of Unleavened Bread reminded the Israelites of their flight out of Egypt, and the sweet taste of Freedom. But prophetically, it also pointed to Christ, who is without Sin. Who in His burial experienced no corruption, and who not only saved those who believe upon Him. But, He Sanctifies us to live lives that are pleasing to God.
And in a practical sense, The Feast of Unleavened Bread addresses some areas in our own lives, especially as we experience the Feast thru the RELATIONSHIP w/ Jesus.
- … are there some areas of our life that perhaps we’ve got the mask on? Some areas that perhaps we’re living w/ a Profession of Christ without Possession of Christ?
- … Is there some Leaven in our lives … that God so desires for us to rid our house of?
- … the Worldly desires often seem so good … and I can be so quickly drawn to them … and I know I’m not alone in this …
My guess is all of us can relate to this in some areas of our lives.