I love spring; the budding trees, the flowers, the warmer weather, the singing birds, its as if all of creation is calling forth the newness of life!  This is our Lord’s backdrop for the spring feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Wave Sheaf/1st Fruits in Leviticus 23).  The Spring feasts usher in a new year and a proclamation of the death (Passover), burial (Unleavened Bread), and resurrection (Wave Sheaf/1st  Fruits) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Paul admonishes us to “keep the feast” in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8:  “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  But what does Paul mean “keep the feast?”  We recognize Jesus is our Passover, the sinless Lamb of God whose precious blood was shed for our redemption and we apply His blood to our heart.  We respond with hallelujahs and shouts of praise when we proclaim Jesus rose from the dead as our 1st Fruits from the dead and we walk in resurrection power!  But what is not as clear is how we keep the feast of unleavened bread.  Leviticus 23:6-8 tells us to keep this feast for 7 days having a sabbath the day after Passover and another one week later.  Exodus 12:18-20 tells us to eat only unleavened bread and clean out all leaven from our houses.  The spiritual significance is that leaven represents sin and believers must allow time to examine themselves and allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from sinful thoughts and actions as a result.  The apostle John instructs in 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  We also take note of the warning in Matthew 16:6  “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.’”  In conclusion, we recognize that the physical picture of keeping the feast instructs us to walk in a living relationship with our Savior King in purity and holiness while avoiding the legalism of dead religion.

Tell a Friend

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>